A team of scientists from MIT created a new VR training area for its AI drones. The new system relies on virtual reality to configure the autonomous machine to fly around obstacles, both static and moving.
Innovators/Innovations May 23, 2018
Authorities took down a major smuggling operation that utilized drones. The smugglers used drones to fly a pair of 200-meter cables between Hong Kong and Shenzhen in mainland China, sneaking $80 million worth of iPhones across the border.
Gadgets March 31, 2018
Amazon's new delivery drone can react to people waving or flailing their arms around. It would be able to adjust its behavior depending on the gesture that a person makes.
Gadgets March 23, 2018
The Mars 2020 rover mission could be a trip for two. NASA is reportedly testing a drone that will fly and examine Mars from above.
Space March 19, 2018
The DJI Mavic Air, which comes with a $799 price tag, fits into the sweet spot between the $399 Spark and the $999 Mavic Pro. The drone features a 4K camera on-board and 21 minutes of flight time.
Gadgets January 24, 2018
AirSelfie COO Carl Ivarsson talks with Tech Times about launching AirSelfie2 at CES 2018, AirSefie2's battery life, upgraded smartphone app, and the development process for AirSelfie2.
Gadgets January 12, 2018
TechCrunch learned that GoPro is laying off hundreds of workers this week. The downsizing largely affects the company's aerial division, which is responsible for the creation of the Karma drone.
Business Tech January 7, 2018
Silicon Valley-based Zipline partnered with the health ministry of Rwanda to enable 'Uber for Blood.' The service has delivered over 5,500 units of blood over the past year, reducing shipment times to 30 minutes and saving lives in the process.
Public Health January 3, 2018
Robot-controlled drone against human-controlled drone and scores in accuracy and consistency. JPL researchers positive after AI's performance in drone flying.
Computers November 25, 2017
The controversial Lily Drone is back, but with none of the technology that made its Kickstarter campaign raise $34 million. The drone should have stayed in its grave, but there is one silver lining in its revival.
Gadgets September 5, 2017
DJI will roll out a firmware update for the Spark after reports that some drones were falling out of the sky. For safety, DJI will prevent Spark drones that have not upgraded their firmware from taking flight starting Sept. 1.
Gadgets August 23, 2017
The Drone Racing League's RacerX claimed the title as the world's fastest drone by reaching a top speed of 179.6 miles per hour. Will the RacerX drone soon find its way into the league's official races?
Gadgets July 15, 2017
France is set to become one of the first nations to automate part of its high-speed rail system by beginning work on drone trains. By 2023, these trains should be ready for passenger service.
Industry/Commercial June 16, 2017
As drones are finding new uses in commercial delivery and military applications, the medical field is starting to look into applications as well. Thanks to a Swedish study, drones with defibrillators could be the first step.
Innovators/Innovations June 14, 2017
NASA picked three teams to research autonomous technologies for drones and unmanned aircraft. One of the projects will focus on algorithms for autonomous systems in aviation, while the other two will tackle remotely-piloted drones.
Space June 6, 2017
Intel has no plans to release a consumer drone, even though it’s reaching significant developments with the technology. Tagging itself as a data company, Intel appears to be more interested in data collection and processing than profiting from its drones.
Gadgets June 2, 2017
NASA researchers are developing a software for safe drone crash-landing. After all, drone emergencies can potentially become more common as the unmanned aerial vehicles increase in numbers.
Robotics May 30, 2017
DJI just unveiled the Spark, a tiny drone that stands to be its first truly mainstream product. Marketed as a storytelling tool, the $499 drone features gesture-based controls, utmost portability, and more.
Gadgets May 25, 2017
The Trump administration has reportedly proposed changes in legislation to allow law enforcement to 'track, hack, and destroy' drones, according to a new report. The White House wants to pass it as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Defense May 25, 2017
Appeals court judges in Washington D.C. agreed with a legal challenge against the drone registration program of the Federal Aviation Administration. If the ruling is enforced, hobbyists will no longer have to register their drones.
Gadgets May 20, 2017
NTT Docomo has announced the world's first spherical drone display and it will demonstrate it later this month. The flying sphere features an LED frame and houses a drone at its center, but it will take a while to hit the market.
Gadgets April 27, 2017
The Flying Eye by 360 Designs is the first broadcast quality, live streaming virtual reality drone in the world. The $75,000 device highlights the growing importance of 360-degree content in media and the expanding applications of drone technology.
Gadgets April 17, 2017
Leaked images of the next DJI drone, supposedly named the Spark, have surfaced. The drone, which looks like a smaller Mavic Pro, is speculated to have a parimary purpose of either selfies or racing.
Gadgets April 7, 2017
NASA is on course to develop a new drone for Martian research and exploration. The unmanned drone, dubbed Mars Electric Flyer, will fly in the Martian atmosphere for in-depth exploration of the planet.
Space April 4, 2017
Land Rover unveiled a special Discovery SUV dubbed Project Hero, designed to help in search and rescue operations. The vehicle aims to serve as a fully equipped mobile command unit complete with a roof-mounted drone and could be a real game-changer in emergency situations.
Car Tech March 8, 2017
Snap, the company behind Snapchat and the Spectacles, is said to be exploring 360 cameras. Should the company pursue such a product, or should it go ahead with its recently reported interest in drones?
Gadgets March 1, 2017
With the Snap IPO just around the corner, news just surfaced that the company has reportedly been working on a camera drone. The project could significantly boost its appeal and help it better position itself as a modern camera company.
Gadgets March 1, 2017
Unmanned aircrafts find its new use in pulling out water from sky. Flying unmanned and at an altitude of 400 feet above icy mountains and dangerous terrains, it eliminates the risk of manned aircraft in conducting cloud seeding operation.
Robotics February 28, 2017
DJI unveiled its new M200 drone at the 2017 Mobile World Congress. The rugged unmanned aerial vehicle was designed to take on industrial jobs that are very difficult or dangerous for humans to do.
Gadgets February 27, 2017
AirMap, a startup working on technology that acts as air traffic control for drones, raised $26 million in a funding round. The investment was led by Microsoft Ventures and supported by Airbus Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures, among others.
Microsoft February 24, 2017
The military of France is training eagles as a natural solution to take out drones from the sky. Using eagles instead of weapons to destroy drone threats has proven to be both quick and effective.
Defense February 22, 2017
Autonomous drones may soon gain situational awareness that enable them to travel smarter. With the help of Exyn’s artificial intelligence software for UAVs, people may soon bark destinations at drones, and they’ll find their way there without any human intervention.
Apps/Software February 22, 2017
UPS has tested its first drone-assisted delivery, putting a drone atop a delivery truck that launches autonomously to offload packages, while the vehicle sets off to make another delivery. Still, FAA’s regulations loom in the distance.
Gadgets February 21, 2017
Watch the Scorpion-3 electric hoverbike in motion. It might not be as fast as your sci-fi speeder bikes, but it surely is a step closer to make sci-fi modes of transportation a reality.
Car Tech February 21, 2017
Amazon was granted a patent that allows the online retail company to use drones when delivering packages. According to the patent, Amazon plans to use parachutes, compressed air, or landing flaps to ensure accuracy in its deliveries.
Gadgets February 16, 2017
Japanese researchers have created insect-sized drones, which have horsehairs on their backs and a special gel, to potentially help bees pollinate plants. This may usher in automated pollination methods amid bee population declines.
Animals February 10, 2017
During Lady Gaga’s Halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl, strange, twinkling, LED lights hovered all over the night sky. Those lights were Intel’s “Shooting Stars,” 10,000 of which can be controlled by a single computer at a time.
Gadgets February 7, 2017
Drones were allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly within the airspace of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, known as the busiest airport in the world. What were the drones used for?
Gadgets February 6, 2017
Bats have sophisticated flight mechanisms that are difficult to incorporate into robotics. In a new study, however, researchers create a robot design that can mimic how these mammals fly.
Robotics February 6, 2017
GoPro has relaunched the Karma into the market, three months after it was recalled due to reports of the drone losing power while in mid-flight. Here is how the company was able to fix the problem.
Gadgets February 2, 2017
Drones are amazing little machines that can do both good and bad for its owners. For those who received their first drone for the holidays, here is a quick guide on how to safely and legally fly your unmanned aerial vehicles.
Gadgets December 27, 2016
Propel has come up with the Star Wars Battle Quad Drones. Each toy drone is handpainted and extremely detailed, and can be used in an aerial combat.
Gadgets December 25, 2016
Britain's Royal Air Force should consider recruiting 18- and 19-year-old gamers to fly combat Reaper drones to blast ISIS, a retired air marshal urged a parliamentary group. Just pull them out of their 'PlayStation bedrooms' into a Reaper cabin, he said.
Defense December 10, 2016
Apple has been tirelessly working on improving its Maps and it reportedly has big plans for the future. The company plans to use drones to infuse Apple Maps with a range of fresh data to challenge Google Maps, and some indoor mapping is reportedly in the cards as well.
Apple December 1, 2016
The structural failure of Facebook's autonomous, solar-powered Aquila drone is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The Aquila suffered a structural failure before landing during its first test flight in June.
Gadgets November 22, 2016