High School Students Use Drones for Art

By Lauren Sigfusson | January 14, 2016 11:53 am
Photo of XIRO Xplorer. Photo credit: Drew Halverson

Photo credit: Drew Halverson

Drones are more commercial than ever, but many people still associate them with war. Yes, UAVs are used in warfare, but a group of students in Nashville, TN, show they can also be used for good.

According to a blog post by Michael D Mitchell, a Maplewood High School art teacher, MHS students are using drone technology to explore ways to create rather than destroy.

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MORE ABOUT: Art, drones

FAA Administrator Huerta Addresses UAS Registration and Integration at CES

By Tim Kidwell | January 7, 2016 10:37 am
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta with registration task force member and senseFly Manager Business Development Baptiste Tripard at CES 2016.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta with registration task force member and senseFly Manager Business Development Baptiste Tripard at CES 2016.
Photo credit: The FAA

On Jan. 6, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta addressed a gathering at CES 2016, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

He was joined at his first address of the year by four members of the UAS registration task force, including Dave Vos, project lead for Google X’s Project Wing; Nancy Egan, 3D Robotics general counsel; Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs for DJI; and Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs CES.
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Ford Challenge: Drone-to-Vehicle Technology

By Lauren Sigfusson | January 6, 2016 4:31 pm
Ford challenges developers to create software for drone-to-vehicle communication.

As part of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford is challenging innovators to develop software enabling drone-to-car communications using Ford SYNC® AppLink or OpenXC. The goal is a system that would survey inaccessible emergency zones and communicate findings to an F-150 in real time.
Photo credit: Ford

Ford and DJI, a top drone manufacturer, have presented the challenge to create a “rapidly deployable surveying system.”

The goal is to create a surveying system for the United Nations Development Program that will allow even the most remote areas to be inspected in emergencies, according to Ford.
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Insurer to Use Drones

By Lauren Sigfusson | January 6, 2016 2:24 pm
The insurer has several drones in its fleet, but plans to add more in the coming months.

Acuity has several drones in its fleet, but plans to add more in the coming months. Photo credit: Drew Halverson

A Wisconsin based property and casualty insurer announced it received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones in its insurance operations.

“Acuity recognizes the importance of drone technology in claims, underwriting, and many other facets of the insurance process,” says Jamie Loiacono, Acuity Vice President – Claims.
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Drone Night Racing Puts New Spin on Growing Underground Sport

By Adam McCoy | January 5, 2016 1:19 pm
A long-exposure photo of one of David Moquay’s night racing tracks, displaying what racer Douglas Andriuk calls “bent lightsabers.”

A long-exposure photo of one of David Moquay’s drone night racing tracks, displaying what racer Douglas Andriuk calls “bent lightsabers.”

Picture jumping behind the wheel of an agile, quick aircraft and competing on a tricky but illuminated race track after night has fallen.

It sounds like something out of a Star Wars flick, but it’s actually an Arizona artist’s twist on the underground but burgeoning world of first-person-view, or FPV, drone racing.
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Drone Photos Reveal a Rebounding Killer Whale Community

By Carl Engelking | October 21, 2015 4:03 pm
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The newest member of the Southern Resident killer whale population, L122, just days after being born to first-time mother L91.

Thanks to a drone, researchers received good news about a beloved, yet endangered, killer whale community in the United States.

High-definition photographs of 81 endangered southern resident killer whales revealed they are fat, in good health and may be poised to welcome a few new calves to the family. The southern resident killer whale population was recently at a three-decade low, prompting concern from scientists. But these stunning photographs indicate the whales are in good shape, despite the formidable challenges they still face.  Read More

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Own a Drone? You’ll Probably Need to Register It

By Shannon Stirone | October 20, 2015 4:16 pm

Recreational drone pilots will need to register their vehicles.

The recreational drone industry is in for shake-up.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday that it would require all drones to be registered with the federal government. After hundreds of close calls with commercial aircraft this year, the use of drones near airports has spurred a crackdown on recreational flyers. Read More

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VIDEO: Autonomous Drones Team Up, Build a Bridge

By Carl Engelking | September 23, 2015 10:39 am
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(Credit: ETH Zurich)

Drones are really good at serving as our “eyes in the skies,” but, as it turns out, the flying machines are also pretty good construction workers.

Engineers at ETH Zurich recently fired up their computers, as well as a team of drones, and set them to work with one task: build a bridge. The drones, equipped with spools of rope, then autonomously assembled a rope bridge that researchers subsequently walked across. Read that again and let that sink in. Read More

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MORE ABOUT: drones, ETH Zurich

Now There’s a Drone for Amateur Undersea Explorers

By Carl Engelking | September 17, 2015 4:41 pm
Explore shipwrecks or swim with the fishes with the Trident. (Credit: David Lang/OpenROV)

Explore shipwrecks or swim with the fishes with the Trident. (Credit: David Lang/OpenROV)

There’s a new drone poised to enter the consumer market that won’t give the Federal Aviation Administration headaches.

San Francisco-based OpenROV built a drone that will allow you to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and explore Davy Jones’ Locker without ever dipping a toe in the water. The Trident is the first underwater drone made for the people, and it’s blowing up on Kickstarter. Read More

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Video: These Animals Really Do Not Like Drones

By Carl Engelking | September 16, 2015 4:20 pm

While the Federal Aviation Administration continues to figure how it will incorporate drones safely into the national airspace, our furry and feathered friends have taken matters into their own paws, or talons.

Drones are certainly a divisive topic for the dinner table: They either symbolize a revolutionary, helpful technology, or they symbolize the end to privacy as we know it. To animals, buzzing quadcopters are simply objects that must be destroyed. Immediately. Read More

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