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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm — 11 Comments

Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm — 17 Comments

Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm — 4 Comments

CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 22 Comments

Nice Hexo+ press

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Legendary Java creator James Gosling at "Friday Funday" 3DR open house

Every Friday afternoon we have an open house/fly-in at 3D Robotics Berkeley, and this Friday we were honored to be joined by famed Java creator James Gosling, who is now with Liquid Robotics.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Congrats to the Airdog team for breaking $1 million on Kickstarter!

With six days still to go, Airdog has now passed $1 million on Kickstarter. So exciting to see if they'll end up ahead or behind…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2014 at 12:29pm — 7 Comments

Hexo+ Follow-me copter finishes at $1.3 million

Congrats to the Hexo+ team, whose Pixhawk-powered follow-me copter just finished its Kickstarter campaign at an amazing $1.3 million!

Hot on its heels is …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 15, 2014 at 10:14pm — 13 Comments

Private investigators using drones to catch cheating spouses

From the NY Daily News:

They’re private eyes in the skies.

Investigators are taking drones to new heights — using…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2014 at 12:30pm — 33 Comments

DIY rover with independent 4-wheel electric drive

An impressive project from Hackaday:

The picture above looks like a standard four-wheel drive (4WD) touring car. As one looks closer, a few strange things start to pop out. Where’s the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2014 at 10:51pm — 5 Comments

Using drones as smart light sources

From Gizmag:

As any professional photographer knows, setting up lights can be a hassle. This is often the case in the studio, but especially when shooting on location. Before too long, however,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Lost drone ads proliferating on Craigslist

As Forbes notes, lost drone ads are getting increasingly common on Craigslist.  …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2014 at 10:51pm — 13 Comments

Amazon requests FAA permission to test 50 Mph drones for package delivery

From The Verge:

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2014 at 9:29pm — 16 Comments

AirDog and 3D Robotics team up on next-gen Follow-me copters

One of the things that thrills me the most is watching the ecosystem grow around the APM/Pixhawk platform, ranging from simple cloners to the most advanced value innovators. An example is the new and very impressive Follow-me copter projects on Kickstarter, all of which are based on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2014 at 3:47pm — 13 Comments

Free presentations on UAVs in the Resources Industry

There's a long list of free presentations available online from the Conference on UAVs in the Resources Industry held last month in Perth. Samples:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Greenpeace video imagines a future of robot bees, after the live ones are gone

This is meant to be a cautionary tale about what a new world would be like if we don't protect the current one, but it's quite a well-done vision regardless of what position you take. Given the progress made in robotics flying insects, such as the Harvard Robobee, we may…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 8:51pm — 5 Comments

New APM-powered ready-to-fly FPV plane

This looks like a good deal from Nitro Planes: a EasyStar-style camera plane with APM already installed, ready to go for $469, or with RC for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 5:37pm — 7 Comments

ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music

Remember a year ago when Randy used an ArduCopter to autonomously drop a rover on a freakin' volcano? Good times. 

Well, now the European Space Agency has done the same thing, but this time time they have ridiculous music, a massive budget and a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 20 Comments

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