Why 2017 will be the year of drones

Why 2017 will be the year of drones

2016 taught us a lot about drones and their potential to deliver benefits for consumers, communities, and businesses alike. Google and Chipotle tested burrito delivery on the campus of Virginia Tech, while cities nationwide turned to drones to help first responders, inspect bridges and roads, and monitor construction sites. We witnessed the launch of innovative products from Intel, Yuneec, DJI, Sensefly, and others — not to mention GoPro’s first drone. […]

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Patent Tips Bow and Arrow Proof Drones

Patent Tips Bow and Arrow Proof Drones

Besides government regulations, bad weather, weight restrictions, and all the other issues that plague Amazon’s budding drone delivery service, the company must also face the prospect of thieves shooting down drones to steal their packages. It’s a problem that Amazon has been working on since at least 2014, when it filed a patent for “countermeasures” to protect drones against everything from gunshots to hackers breaching its navigation software. The patent […]

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Drones concern for air ambulance pilots, delay transit

Drones concern for air ambulance pilots, delay transit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) —Attack of the drones? It can feel that way considering how many there are these days. Drones were a top Christmas gift this year. But even before that, in April retail experts at the NPD Group estimated drones sales skyrocketed compared to the previous year, up 224 percent to nearly $200 million. For hobbyists, they’re super fun. For others, including air ambulance pilots, they’re super dangerous. […]

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Will ADS-B transponders herald the next era for drones?

Will ADS-B transponders herald the next era for drones?

The skies of the future are going to be busy – with a mixture of manned and unmanned vehicles sharing increasingly crowded skies. Whether it’s Amazon Prime Air, ZipLine, or a professional cinematographer with a DJI drone high in the sky, there are going to be more things flying in this “integrated” airspace than ever before. There’s no shortage of startups with some bold ideas about how this integration might […]

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Sora Raku delivery drone blows Amazon away

Sora Raku delivery drone blows Amazon away

Almost ignored, a forty kilometre delivery across a city (well a bay). The drone was summoned by the Major of Chiba City, Toshihito Kumagai, via a cell phone app. The Sora Raku drone from Japanese company Rakuten flew from their Crimson House headquarters to Inage Kahin Park Pool. This delivery has knocked Amazon’s recent efforts into a cocked hat. Remember their first delivery was just 700m. Perhaps to distract, they […]

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