NEWS

  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: Wall St Journal Blogs)   Heavy regulation in the U.S. for drones hasn’t stopped venture capitalists from backing startups that make the small flying robots. Deborah Gage reports for Dow Jones VentureWire that the latest funding is for drone startup Kespry Inc., which raised $10 million for commercial drones from Lightspeed ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: betaboston.com)   Helen Greiner didn’t just put the ‘robot’ in iRobot. Starting as an 11-year-old who wanted to build robots, she achieved her a dream twice: after co-founding iRobot and ushering it to an IPO in 2005, Greiner left to create a second company, CyPhy Works, that builds flying robots. Greiner spoke ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    Over the past few years, GoPro has become the “go-to” HD/personal camera across the sporting world and has most recently emerged as the darling of the commercial drone industry. As UAV enthusiast Chris Anderson noted in a recent interview: “As go GoPros, so goes drones. GoPros have really revolutionized the experience ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: IEEE Spectrum)   Anybody who’s ever flown a rotary wing drone will look at the stats of CyPhy Works’ new Pocket Flyer drone and be amazed. It fits in your pocket and weights a mere 80 grams. It’ll fly continuously for two hours or more, sending back high quality HD video ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: BBC)   Drones which could seriously injure or kill are being flown over cities and towns across England, despite laws designed to protect the public. Dozens of YouTube clips show the aircraft, which can be bought for £300, over populated areas including London, Liverpool and Nottingham. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) prohibits the ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: claimsjournal.com)   Drones can provide a variety of benefits for property adjusters, according to a new white paper released by Cognizant last month. Specifically, insurers should consider drones in order to increase efficiency, reduce operational costs and improve customer service. The paper, Drones: The Insurance Industry’s Next Game Changer, suggests insurers can ...
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  • October 23, 2014
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    (Source: medicaldaily.com) Civilian purposes for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), frequently called drones, include firefighting, parcel delivery, and farming, where they enable the monitoring of vegetation, crop growth, and weed distribution. Compared to agriculture, the application of drones in ecological research has not been explored as fully. In an opinion piece published in ...
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  • October 22, 2014
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    Think about what the world would be like if ostriches could fly. The average person gets spooked when a pigeon or seagull swoops to close. If ostriches -which can weigh up to 200 lbs- could fly, life would be f***ing terrifying. This didn’t stop Dutch artist Bart Jansen, who has already taken YouTube ...
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  • October 22, 2014
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    (Source: Telegraph.co.uk‘s Willard Foxton)   “Drones are done, Willard. No one is interested anymore. They’re not special – you can buy them in Maplin for goodness’ sake.” That’s what one senior TV exec said to me the other day, on returning from a major international TV festival in Cannes. She’s right. Nothing ...
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  • October 22, 2014
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    UAV technology is a tool. And like a tool, the real value in a UAV is not so much about how you use it but what you can build with it. This is the vision Boston, MA-based Top Flight Technology has for the future of drones. It’s not about takeoff, ...
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