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Latvian Startup AirBoard Launches Agriculture Drone For Vine…

Latvia has contributed more to the drone industry than you might expect. The country’s most notable entrance to the market has come from Aerones, a startup you might remember for assisting a world record skydive and, more recently, using drones to fight fires and clean windows and wind turbines. Today …

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NYPD Drone Program Takes To The Skies

New York Police Department chief Terence Monahan has announced the NYPD’s adoption of drone technology. At a press event yesterday, the NYPD unveiled a fleet of 14 drones made up of models from DJI, including the Matrice, the Mavic and the Inspire series. Three scenarios in which drones could make a …

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DJI Launch Osmo Pocket: The World’s Smallest Stabilized Came…

DJI have long had ambitions beyond the consumer drone market. A natural move has been to branch out into professional and amateur photography, through the Ronin series and the Osmo range respectively. The Chinese manufacturer has just launched a new handheld camera/gimbal combo, the Osmo Pocket, which could be the …

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It Turns Out that Diamonds Could be a Drone’s Best Friend

LakeDiamond’s system is working toward producing a laser beam that can shine directly on the photovoltaic cells on the drone’s surface. (Copyright LakeDiamond) LakeDiamond is Swiss based company that manufactures very pure synthetic diamonds for industrial and commercial uses.  They have announced recently that they are developing technology that would …

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DJI Supports UK UTM Tests

Much has been made about the need for an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system if we are to explore the potential of drone technology. The concept covers a range of capabilities that together could further integrate drones into the national airspace. Among them are the ability to identify drones remotely, …

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Ryze Tech Launches New Programmable Tello EDU Drone

The original Tello was just $99 and marketed towards beginners and educational institutions. The Tello has obstacle avoidance tech, a camera and several autonomous functions. In part that’s down to the contribution of Intel’s Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) and DJI’s flight stabilization technology. According to Ryze Tech, the Tello …

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Air Shepherd Sends Update From Anti-Poaching Efforts in Bots…

When you think about organizations using drones for good in Africa, the first that springs to mind is probably Zipline. The California startup has been delivering medical supplies across rural Rwanda and is setting up a similar network in Tanzania. But drone technology is also being harnessed to save the …

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A First Look at the FT Aviator From Fluidity

We normally make a point of not hyping up products until they’ve actually launched. The drone industry has learned the hard way that crowdfunders and marketing campaigns with more style than substance tend to end in disaster: GoPro, Nano, Lily, to name a few. Drone crowdfunders are especially tricky. When it …

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Could Manufacturers Do More to Ease the Drone Industry’s Col…

You’ll have struggled to miss the explosive video and research publicized by the University of Dayton earlier this month. Unsurprisingly, the footage made headlines around the world, further justifying the usual media hysteria that rises any time a drone pilot flies too close to an airplane. At the time, DroneLife …

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