drones

This Dreamy Drone Tour Shows The Rebirth Of Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles’s swiftly mutating downtown district is usually viewed at street level. Now, thanks to filmmaker Ian Wood, we get a top-down perspective of the city’s transformation in this gorgeous video, which he shot with a lightweight remote-controlled quadcopter and camera system. 20 stories up, there’s change afoot as well.


This Slick-Looking Map Tells You Where You Can('t) Fly Your Drone In The US

The Federal Aviation Administration has been dragging its heels on drafting drone regulations, lots of people are confused about, where it’s OK to fly their small aircraft. Using OpenStreetMap and government data, the wizards at MapBox created an interactive map to clear the air.


An Automatic Parachute Will Keep You From Being Hit With A Drone

Here’s the thing about drones — and really any machine that flies: If something goes wrong, it will fall to the ground. And if you are in the way, it will hurt you. That’s why DJI is rolling out a new feature called DropSafe to ensure that a falling drone doesn’t fall too hard.


Believe It Or Not, The World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is In Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that’s kept Japan’s army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones.


Here's Woz On A Segway, Filmed By A Drone

The punditry talks a lot about a concept called “convergence”, which can be neatly summarised in the GIF above: Woz, Segway, drone. All things tech and joy, all at once.


Watch Footage Of An Armed Palestinian Drone Flying Over Gaza

The military wing of Hamas just posted a five-minute-long video of an apparently fully armed drone flying over the Gaza Strip. It’s impossible to know if the four, real-looking missiles attached to the drone’s wings are armed. They sure look like they are.


First Palestinian Drone To Enter Israel Shot Down

According to media reports, this is the first time that a drone flying from Gaza has entered Israeli air space.


MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be The Perfect Photography Assistants

If you’ve ever been to a photography set, you’ve probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting — only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That’s why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure they’re always in the perfect spot.


Amazon Is Begging US Authorities To Push Drone Tests Beyond Regulations

Amazon has started begging US aviation authorities to let it start testing drones in its own backyard, according to a letter that was made public Thursday. The request explains that Amazon wants to test drones outside of the testing sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.


A Dizzying Drone's-Eye View Of How The New York Public Library Sorts Books

Your friendly local librarian hasn’t been replaced by technology just yet, but that doesn’t mean the library itself hasn’t benefited from a few modern upgrades. Wrangling special-order books and DVDs between the New York Public Libary’s 150 branches is a daunting task, but it’s actually made surprisingly efficient with the laser scanning machines at its Queen’s sorting facility.