How consumer drones wind up in the hands of ISIS fighters

How consumer drones wind up in the hands of ISIS fighters

by Kate Conger ISIS reportedly carried out its first successful drone attack this week, using a commercially available drone to deliver explosives and kill two Kurdish fighters. It’s an effort that has been a long time coming: a Facebook group dedicated to supporting Kurdish forces reported that two small drones packed with explosives were shot down in December, and reports of ISIS using commercial drones for reconnaissance and propaganda videos […]

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UPS testing drones for delivery

UPS testing drones for delivery

One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations. The companies began testing the drones on Thursday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the […]

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Deploying drones to fight Zika, future disease outbreaks

Deploying drones to fight Zika, future disease outbreaks

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded $30 million to private companies, universities and researchers to develop innovations that will address the current Zika outbreak — and prepare for the next global disease outbreak. Ideas include deploying drones to deliver medical supplies and ferry test samples from remote areas. Felipe Dana AP BY DANIEL CHANG In the fight against Zika and future disease outbreaks, aerial drones might help by […]

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The EXO 1 exoskeleton

The EXO 1 exoskeleton

Article Source: Tech Crunch The DJI is a fantastic all-purpose drone, but with the EXO 1 exoskeleton , it becomes a dedicated search and rescue tool. The 3D- printed add-on quickly attaches to the drone and adds a host of features key to making the drone a valuable tool for first responders. There are GoPro mounting points at various locations around the exoskeleton that can be used for cameras, lights […]

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AT&T technicians use drones to test signal

AT&T technicians use drones to test signal

AT&T technicians use drones to test signal strength and find birds’ nests Drones will be the new normal. Article Source: Recode AT&T hires thousands of technicians to repair and inspect infrastructure constantly. Now those technicians have a new tool in their arsenal to help make their jobs faster and more grounded: Drones. October is the first month of AT&T’s new drone program. Field technicians can now use drones on site […]

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GDU Launches Advanced Byrd Drone

GDU Launches Advanced Byrd Drone

Article Source: Unmanned Systems Technology GDU , a consumer drone manufacturer, has announced the launch of the Advanced Byrd, an upgrade to the company’s drone that folds up small enough to fit into a backpack. The Advanced model incorporates additional features and functionality, including a modular and fully integrated GoPro camera gimbal. “The GDU Advanced Byrd enters the market as the most capable consumer drone based on Byrd’s flying platform […]

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