One of the products that Snapchat owner Snap Inc. is developing as “a modern-day camera company” is a drone, reports the New York Times today.
Sources for this bold claim are “three people briefed on the project who asked to remain anonymous because the details are confidential.”
The drone would help users take videos and photographs from overhead, then share that visual data with Snap, and presumably, other users of the service.
Snap is scheduled to go public later this week in a long-anticipated IPO.
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If you're going to fly a drone over a Siberian Tiger habitat, you'd better have quick reflexes. Meant to help them get more exercise, the drone was no match for their hunting skills. Read the rest
The island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean has remarkable geologic formations, but one of the most stunning is Torrent de Pareis, a meandering stream that cuts through a steep gorge, emptying into the ocean at Sa Calobra. Max Winter captured this lovely drone footage. Read the rest
Drones have really upped the aerial photo game, so SkyPiixel's winners for their annual contest
include some really remarkable shots, like the caravan above
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Lake Silvaplana has breathtaking views year-round, but in the winter there's another delightful experience to be had: walking on transparent ice that allows visitors to see all the way to the lakebed. Read the rest
Drones are great for some kinds of deliveries, but operators usually want to recover their costly drone. For deliveries of medicine or supplies to remote areas, it may be more feasible to use cheap drones with a programmed one-way route. That's where ASPARA
(Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions) comes in. Read the rest
Remember the Lily Drone
that automatically follows you while filming? After generating almost $50 million in funding and pre-sales, Lily is shutting down
in wake of litigation that concluded their too-good-to-be-true demo video was not shot on the Lily. Read the rest
Fort Bourtange is a 16th-century star fort that is now a museum. This drone footage captures the scope of the spectacular engineering feat. Read the rest
To celebrate 2017, Matthew Roberts flew a drone over the Apple Campus 2 site under construction. Interesting to compare to when Pesco posted this back in 2015. Read the rest
The Cold Drone Wars have begun. In a first-of-its-kind military standoff, the Chinese Navy has taken possession of an underwater autonomous drone deployed by a U.S. oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea.
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This drone-catching drone video from Airspace Systems suggests that drones and counter-drones will soon be filling the skies. Drone deliveries will be skyjacked by robber drones, then cops and private loss prevention firms will use drones to catch those drones (and probably target all kinds of benign drones). Read the rest
Tony Ortega at The Underground Bunker posted a fascinating overview of Gold Base, aka Int Base, the Scientology compound near Hemet, California. It includes beautifully piloted and filmed drone footage from an anonymous contributor. The 4K is so detailed you can watch adherents playing soccer. Read the rest
The state of the art for drone-based lighting options continues to improve rapidly. Check out some of the great footage rctestflight got with a drone-mounted 1000-watt LED light bar. Read the rest
Animal-rights group SHARK thought they'd launch their drone on public property in July to get some footage of Harris Feeding Company, a massive and apparently pungent cattle feedlot near Coalinga, California. Each day, local cops got called out every time they tried to film. Read the rest
Extreme Drone Circuit
built a night course this year that had a dizzying array of LED-lit obstacles. Watch a drone's eye view
of zipping arround the challenging course. Read the rest
Michael Fletcher collaborated with Alan Mathieson to capture drone footage of northern Norway's mist-shrouded mountains during this summer's midnight sun. It's like watching a moving Bierstadt painting. Read the rest
Amazon.com says it has entered into a partnership with the British government to get the nation's aviation authority approval for deliveries via small drones.
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