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Hobby drone blamed for grounding firefighting fleet in California

The U.S. Forest Service is blaming a hobby drone for grounding a fleet of planes delivering fire retardant to a blaze near Big Bear Lake on June 24th.

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How to make a working quadcopter out of the Apple Watch packaging box

“I Watch You,” a most nifty hack by Eirik Solheim.

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Laser cut bamboo drone

bamboo-drone

Here's a special treat for people who enjoy being angry about "spoiled tech hipsters" flying drones in public: a video (below) of a hipster flying a multicopter made from bamboo, the ultimate hipster material, and fabricated with a laser cutter, the ultimate hipster CNC fabricator.

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The fate of the big box store

What happens to all the Wal-marts when we have every last Q-tip droned in from Amazon warehouses?

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Jordan is beautiful—especially from a drone-mounted action camera

Scott Sporlede and Ross Borden shot this gorgeous video of Jordan with DJI drones equipped with the H3-3D gimbal and a GoPro Hero 4.

Jordan is a land enshrouded in mystery. Serving as a crossroads of humanity for thousands of years has left the country with a cultural diversity unmatched by few. Come along with Matador as we explore this beautiful land from an angle never before seen, an aerial delight captured using the latest in drone technology. From the ancient ruins of Petra to the mind-blowing rock formations of Wadi Rum, Jordan is a place that will continue to amaze you—just watch and see...

Lily is a new type of drone camera

Lily

This adorable little drone is a potentially revolutionary camera whose creators claim can fly itself.

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Seattle power utility spent $35,000 to remove drone stuck in power line

No one has stepped forward to claim ownership of a $3,000 drone that was stuck in a Seattle residential power line for a week. That's probably because the owner doesn't want to get stuck with a bill for $35,000, which is how much Seattle City Light said it cost to remove the drone, which had been causing a "loud buzzing sound for the past several days."

Limited-edition 'Code Black' HD-camera drone for 50% Off

This powerful little drone ($99) is the size of your palm, and uses 6-axis gyro technology for an extremely smooth flight. With a flight time of about 10 minutes between charges, it’s a great introductory drone for anyone looking to dominate the sky.

  • Ready-to-fly out of the box
  • Palm-size drone
  • 6-axis flight control system for an extremely stable flight
  • 4-ways flip (left, right, forward, backward)
  • Beginner and expert flight modes
  • USB charging cable for charging w/ a computer

You can also get the drone plus a crash pack, which includes 16 spare blades, replacement motors & more to refresh you drone’s armor for $115.

Guaranteed delivery by Father’s Day!

Here's the Amazon Drone that will deliver America to complete sedentariness

_82857752_image-gallery-01._v367570019_.jpg' The U.S. Patent Office has published details of the drone delivery system that Amazon hopes to soon use for delivering packages, reports the BBC.
Amazon is leading the effort to convince the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to approve widespread commercial use of drones. According to the plans, Amazon's drones will be able to update their routes in real-time. A mock-up delivery screen suggests that people will be able to choose from a variety of delivery options - from "bring it to me" to nominating their home, place of work or even "my boat" as places for packages to be dropped.

Key disclosures include details of the drones' elaborate sensor system, to avoid collisions and find safe landing spots.

Just days ago, the FCC relaxed drone rules and signaled its willingness to play ball with the new technology (or fetch, as the case may be.)

Astounding RC flying with counterrotating drive

Barry writes, "There's a thing called pattern flying, where pilots compete to perfectly execute an elaborate set of compulsory tricks."

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Drone's view of Detroit's abandoned Belle Isle Zoo

The Belle Isle Zoo in Detroit closed its doors in 2002, and nature has been reclaiming it since. In August 2014 TheGadgetGuy1 flew his DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter through the eerie abandoned attraction. (Thanks, Andreas!)

Drone Racing, Star Wars pod style

Kevin Kelly says: "Racers wear goggles and drive with a first person view (FPV). This video is in French, but there are now races all over the world, including of course the Bay Area" [via]

Predictable: bare-rotored flying misletoe-copter at T.G.I. Friday's slices up bystander's face


A newspaper photographer reporting on a TGI Friday's flying "Mobile Mistletoe" drone had her face sliced open by the 23" drone's six bare rotors, and Friday's blamed her for the injury, saying she flinched when the restaurant's drone pilot landed a smaller copter on her outstretched hand.

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Dissecting the arguments of liberal apologists for Obama's surveillance and secret war

Democratic party partisans like Sean Wilentz, George Packer and Michael Kinsley spent the Bush years condemning the tactics they now defend under Obama -- apart from sheer intellectual dishonesty, how can this be explained?

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WATCH: New OK Go video has drones, scooters, human pixels, and a catchy tune

OK Go returns with another hypnotic, tightly-choreographed video for I Won't Let You Down, from their new album Hungry Ghosts.

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Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs


Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future.

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Man arrested for shooting drone

A man in New Jersey was arrested after using a shotgun to shoot down his neighbor's drone. The neighbor was using the drone to take photographs of a nearby home undergoing renovations.

Police arrested the man and charged him with “possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief.” Lawyers are trying to determine how to proceed, because without direct precedent for people shooting down flying camera robots, the future of drone laws may hinge on one annoyed New Jersey man with a shotgun.

[It's a good time to re-read Larry Niven's 1972 short story, "Cloak of Anarchy" - Mark]