Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company

Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company

by Matt Burns (@mjburnsy) Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward , a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage drones that also happen to utilize Verizon’s mobile network services and infrastructure. Skyward had raised $8.15M since its founding in October 2012. Verizon Ventures was […]

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Drones Are Turning Civilians Into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists

Drones Are Turning Civilians Into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists

ROBERTO MACHADO NOA/GETTY IMAGES LAST WINTER, AS meteorologists warned of a monster El Niño , researchers at the Nature Conservancy in California prepared to mobilize. El Niño promised to bring in king tides that would raise the sea level by as much as one foot above normal during high tide, causing flooding along the coastline that researchers could study as a preview of climate change-induced sea level rise. But when […]

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You can now fly a toy drone with just hand gestures

You can now fly a toy drone with just hand gestures

The Aura quadcopter ditches a traditional stick controller or smartphone for a glove that lets you fly with a wave of your hand. by Joshua Goldman Toy drones continue to get smarter and more stable. Their controllers, on the other hand, remain a mess of sticks, buttons and switches that take a lot of practice to master. The Aura drone from KD Interactive, on display this weekend at the New […]

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Waterproof drone bags million dirham prize

Waterproof drone bags million dirham prize

The winning projects included a drone that can fly and land on water to save a person from drowning They invested only a few thousand dirhams and lots of hours into building their drones, now they are walking away with millions in cash. A total of four winners were announced at the AI/Robotics for Good Award and the UAE Drones for Good Award, where the two national teams won Dh1 […]

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Sask. jail package drop highlights difficulties in regulating where drones can fly

Sask. jail package drop highlights difficulties in regulating where drones can fly

Transport Canada considering new rules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles By Courtney Markewich As Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice looks at what it can do to prevent drones from flying over correctional facilities, Transport Canada is examining what changes it needs to make to better regulate the technology. The ministry confirmed Friday that a drone dropped a package of contraband at the Regina Correctional Centre a few weeks ago. In Canada, anyone […]

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Hamdan honors winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good

Hamdan honors winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good

Dubai winners Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured the winners of UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI/ Robotics Award for Good. Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on a number of hi-tech projects presented by the participating teams that offer applied innovative solutions in economy, humanitarian and scientific research areas. 40 projects from local and international entities were shortlisted for the […]

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