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PhoneDrone Ethos gives your smartphone wings

It has been said that drones are the new mobile, but what if mobile are really the new drones? A Kickstarter campaign is taking your smartphone to a new level—literally. PhoneDrone Ethos aims to bring a whole new dimension to smartphones, by turning it into a drone.

Nov 5, 2015 10:50:53 AM

MIT CSAIL researcher develops obstacle-detection system for drones

While most of the drone industry is working to build drones, one researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) is working to ensure those drones don’t hurt anyone once they are built. Andrew Barry, a Ph.D. student at CSAIL, has devised an obstacle-detection system that allows drones to automatically dip, dive and dart away from objects.

Nov 3, 2015 3:46:07 PM

Topics: Updates

Google’s delivery drones lifting off in 2017

Google is one of many companies looking to get its drone delivery service off the ground, and it already has its sights set on a date.

Nov 3, 2015 3:15:15 PM

DJI launches new embedded computer for drone developers

DJI is giving developers a new tool for developing drone applications. The company announced the DJI Manifold, a high-performance embedded computer designed to fly. Manifold takes advantage of DJI’s Onboard SDK and provides a user-friendly system.

Nov 2, 2015 4:30:01 PM

Topics: Releases

Amazon, Google and Walmart join FAA task force

A number of technology companies are joining the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force. The task force was designed in response to the FAA’s efforts to require recreational drone operators to register their drones. The task force will consist of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the drone industry, federal government and other stakeholders, and is designed to help the FAA decide which drones should and shouldn't be exempt from the registration requirement.

Nov 2, 2015 1:48:50 PM

Topics: Regulation

Drones: The sky’s the limit

There is a new market opening up for developers to take advantage of: drones. These unmanned flying machines are quickly expanding from the realm of hobbyists and toys to commercial solutions.

Oct 13, 2015 2:18:40 PM

DJI announces aerial Micro Four Thirds cameras at InterDrone

Photographers and videographers using DJI’s drones to capture their images may be excited about the latest announcement to come out of the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week. DJI announced what it said is the first commercial aerial Micro Four Thirds camera. Micro Four Thirds is based on the concept of high-quality, digital-dedicated design for pictures.

Sep 11, 2015 1:33:07 PM

Topics: Releases

Skyward announces an information-management solution for operators

Skyward, an information-management platform for aerial robotics, wants to help commercial drone operators better plan their flights. The company just announced its first information-management solution at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week.

(InterDrone is produced by BZ Media, publisher of InterDrone News.)

“In the last year, I’ve seen the commercial drone market evolve rapidly, with over 1,400 FAA grants to date,” said Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward. “Skyward gives those operators comprehensive tools to access the sky and meet their business objectives. Skyward is committed to powering the next generation of aviation.”

The new platform is designed to provide operators with flight-planning tools, and a record system to track information and airspace data necessary for business, insurance or regulatory requirements.

The key features include an airspace map; flight planning and logging tools; a digital system of record that manages personnel, drones and equipment; online storage; and support from regulatory and operational experts.

“Skyward is built to power commercial drone businesses,” said Evans. “Existing maps and apps built for hobbyists don’t meet the requirements of a professional operation. Skyward is the one solution a drone operator needs to navigate the new rules of the sky and run their business.”

Sep 11, 2015 1:23:15 PM

Topics: Releases, Software

Former FAA employee talks drone regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been catching some heat with its proposed drone regulations and the slow-moving process around them. Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration office, spoke at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) this week in Las Vegas, giving some insight into what is going on behind the FAA’s thought process.

Sep 10, 2015 3:10:26 PM

Topics: Regulation

Going from consumer to professional drones

The only difference between a consumer drone and a professional drone is what you do with it, according to Yannick Lévy, vice president of corporate business development at Parrot, who spoke at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week.

Sep 10, 2015 11:57:24 AM

Topics: InterDrone