drones

Domestic Drones Take Street Justice Sky High

For the last few years, drones have been steadily becoming not just the domain of U.S. influence in Pakistan, but one of local law enforcement as well, and even civilian purposes. Now, it appears they’re becoming so commonplace that drug dealers are using them to prey on their own.


Aussie Killed By Drone Strike In Yemen

Australia was yesterday violently and tragically dragged into the drone war being waged on terror by the United States in the Middle East, after an Australian with alleged terrorist ties was reportedly killed by a remote drone strike.


Shooting Down A Tiny Drone Is Nearly Impossible, Even With Machine Guns

Turns out those drone hunting permits that the US state of Colorado wisely declined to issue earlier this year man not have done much good anyway. As this video shows, hitting a drone on the wing is really, really hard. Even if you bring fully automatic weapons to the party.


Google Buys Drone Company, And That's Not Creepy At All

The Wall Street Journal has just confirmed that Google will be purchasing Titan Aerospace, the same high-altitude drone startup that Facebook had been in talks with earlier this year. While we can’t be sure yet what Google plans to do with its new high-flying toys, it’s hard not to worry that, in addition to connecting the world over, this means a lot more potential information at Google’s fingertips.


Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly As Effective As You'd Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence.


The Drones And Cameras In This Dystopian Animation Are Horrifying

The dystopia created in this animation by Simon Russell is a world I hope to never be a part of: drones littered across the sky, surveillance cameras pointing every which way and for some reason, dubstep. It doesn’t all make sense, but Russell’s imaginative take on the look of futuristic drones and cameras are perfectly chaotic and crazy. Some floating orb drones look like mini Death Stars while other cameras are like machine guns.


These On-Demand Drones Are Just A Concept, But They Still Freak Me Out

It’s looking increasingly likely that our skies will be clouded with drones in the future. Hiring a drone to do some work for you could one day be as easy as getting a ride from Uber, which you should find equal parts incredible and terrifying.


The TV-Guided Drones Of World War II

Drones were quite primitive during World War II, compared with the unmanned aerial vehicles we know today. They were most commonly used as target practice for the Navy and rarely had offensive capabilities. But a few of these experimental planes were outfitted with some incredibly futuristic tech that would help pave the way for modern drone warfare. That exciting new invention? Television.


Strap On Oculus Rift Goggles And Control A Drone With Your Head

Oculus Rift enables you to escape into incredible virtual (or live-action) worlds, but strapping on the goggles is precisely that — an escape. That’s what makes this new open-source project by Diego Araos so crazy: using the goggles’ head-motion tracking feature and live video feed, you can actually navigate an AR drone with a tilt of your noggin.


Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren't 'Bug Splats'

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs — and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.