Drones -- one of the biggest
buzzwords today. It's one of the most controversial technologies
in the world. businesses are being fined
for using them in the US, but Amazon plans
to start using them to deliver packages in
That buzzing you hear in the sky, if you
haven't heard them I promise you will.
Amazon Prime Air
We're excited to share Prime Air - something the team has
been working on in our next generation R&D lab. The goal of
this new delivery system is to get packages into customers'
hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number
of years as we advance technology and wait for the necessary
FAA rules and regulations. This is footage from a recent
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is an advanced
ready-to-fly Wi-Fi controlled quadricopter, suitable
for operation indoors or outside
Steer the AR.Drone 2.0 by tilting a Smartphone
backwards or forwards, left or right and autopilot
to take off, hover and land
Get high definition live streaming directly to
your Smartphone or Tablet screen, plus a recording
facility and precision control
Includes a high capacity lightweight lithium
polymer battery for up to 15 minute flights, plus a
mains charger with international adaptors
The AR.Drone 2.0 requires a compatible
Smartphone or Tablet for operation (not included).
Gizmag reviews the Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter
DJI Innovations recently released its Phantom 2 Vision
quadcopter, the camera-equipped successor to its popular Phantom
model. Since then, we've received a review unit from the
company, and gave it a whirl. Boy oh boy, did we ever like it!
Tested: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter Drone
It may sound like the buzzing of a swarm of bees, but it's
actually the whirring of the new DJI Phantom Vision+ quadcopter
that we've been testing. We head out to Treasure Island to get
some flying lessons and then sit down to explain why we're so
excited about RC drone technology. The first part of this video
was actually shot with the Phantom 2 Vision+!
DJI Phantom FC40
Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter with Built in 2.4 GHz Camera
Detachable First-Person View Camera
6-channel, 5.8GHz Wi-Fi Transmitter
Naza-M V2 Flight Controller with IOC
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Downlink for Mobile Devices
Up to 984' Transmitter & 328' FPV Range
The Phantom FC40 is the beloved Phantom, all grown up. It
comes with its own built in DJI designed smart camera with
720p/30fps HD video support, and iOS or Android app control.
Using a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection, it provides a full FPV
experience at up to 100m. It's the ideal choice for those
getting started with aerial cinematography. With new 5.8G
Remote Control and Receiver. See All Phantom Features MORE
Featherweight 2.4G Wi-Fi Camera With 720p/30fps HD Video
User Friendly Smartphone App For First Person View(FPV) 10x
Digital Zoom Function While In FPV Low Latency Live Preview
Remote Control Mobile Phone Capture Capture Images & Record
Video While Flying In-phone Album Synchronization
Once used mostly by
the government's, these drones are being
found just about everywhere.
drones are dropping. A drone can be purchased for under $500, and
hobbyists have been taking flight with them more and more.
They're fairly easy to fly. This one I flew has a GPS built in. You
set it by rotating the drone. It'll pick up three to four
satellites. Once it takes off, it'll hover where the GPS has been
They have a homing feature, so if it gets out of range,
it'll return to its home base, set itself down and turn off.
To get the full use of a quadcopter, you'll want to attach a camera,
like a GoPro, to capture high definition photos or video. The result
is video you wouldn't get any other way.
For a few hundred
dollars more you can attach a gimbal, or stabilizer, for smooth
video even in high winds.
People still aren't comfortable
with drones flying above them. And there have been several close
calls with drones flying too close to airplanes. Yes, airplanes.
The FAA is having a tough time coming up with rules and
regulations about these drones. Right now, hobbyists are
self-imposing their own rules. The FAA plans to have something on
paper by the end of next year.
The FAA has banned the use of
quadcopters for commericial purposes. A convenience store in
Minnesota was fined for using drones to deliver beer to ice