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unmanned aerial vehicles

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

By | american civil liberties union, Automotive, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, Gadgets, Hardware, law enforcement, privacy, Security, senate, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act on Wednesday, months after an earlier House vote in April. The bill renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

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PSA: Drone flight restrictions are in force in the UK from today

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, regulations, Robotics, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

Consumers using drones in the UK have new safety restrictions they must obey from today, with a change to the law prohibiting drones from being flown above 400ft or within 1km of an airport boundary. Anyone caught flouting the new restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an […]

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Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report

By | delivery drone, drone, electronics, Emergency services, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Health, London, NESTA, NHS, Robotics, TC, Transportation, UK government, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

A UK government backed drone innovation project that’s exploring how unmanned aerial vehicles could benefit cities — including for use-cases such as medical delivery, traffic incident response, fire response and construction and regeneration — has reported early learnings from the first phase of the project. Five city regions are being used as drone test-beds as […]

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Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

By | Aircraft, aviation, drone, Emerging-Technologies, Flirtey, Gadgets, Startups, surveillance, TC, unmanned aerial vehicles

Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home — a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be […]

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UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Robotics, UK government, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come into effect on July 30. The government says the new rules are intended to enhance safety, including the safety […]

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Parrot releases drones for firefighters and farmers

By | drone, embedded systems, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, Home Automation, Music, Parrot, Software, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles

 Parrot is continuing its push into the commercial drone space with two new drones. The Bebop-Pro Thermo and Bluegrass are aimed at specific targets namely firefighters and farmers. Both join Parrot’s Professional range of drones that include the Disco-Pro AG and Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling. At this point, if there’s an industry that could use a drone, Parrot seems to be building one… Read More

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

By | drone, electronics, embedded systems, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, quadcopter, TC, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More

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