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Xiaomi's New 4K Mi Drone Is just $640

Chinese smartphone and smartgadget giant Xiaomi has a reputation for building new, high-end tech that you might expect to see from Samsung or Apple — or in this case, DJI — and pricing it aggressively to attract buyers that might not otherwise be interested. The new Mi Drone, which looks eerily similar to a DJI Phantom, has a starting price of just 2499CNY — about $530 — and the top-of-the-line 4K variant is just $640. That’s literally one quarter of the price of its main Chinese drone rival.


Lunch Time Deals: Save Up To $100 On Parrot Drones

When you’re buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo’s Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the ‘net.

Today, it’s “Flying Season” with Parrot offering a $40 to $100 cash back on a selected range of drones.


Amazing Fan Film Uses Camera Drones To Capture An Intense Star Wars Dogfight

Video: Camera-mounted drones can be used for all sorts of wonderful videos. But I’m pretty sure the most wonderful use is to create own X-Wing vs TIE Fighter dogfight videos — because man, this is one brilliant idea.


What Impact Do Drones Have On Wildlife?

University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.

The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their use is growing in popularity. But this new technology could also have undesirable and unforeseen impacts on wildlife, and there is currently little understanding of the risks.


These Anti-Drone Guns Are The Future Of Messing With Your Neighbours

With the rise of consumer drones, everyone from the US military to Border Patrol are stocking up on anti-drone guns. And the Navy Times has a new video of the most sci-fi looking drone gun: Battelle’s DroneDefender. While they’re not available yet commercially, they’re definitely the future of shooting down your neighbour’s pesky drone.


Hacked Fitness Tracker Lets You Control Drones With Hand Motions

So, drones. Plenty of work has gone into making our flying robot dreams come true, but we haven’t spent a lot of time refining the whole “controlling” thing. I always thought Jedis had a good thing going with the whole hand-waving approach and it looks like I’m not the only one.


When Past And Future Collide: Russian Takes Out Drone With Spear

Flying a drone can come with some unforeseen hazards: hawks have taken out drones on more than one occasion, but now, there’s another hazard for pilots to take into consideration: Spear-wielding Russian re-enactors.


Watch This Drone Land On Walls And Ceilings Like An Insect

Researchers at Stanford University have created a drone that can perch on walls and ceilings like a bug, making progress on the problem of limited flight endurance that has plagued the devices.


Aussie Drone Footage Shows A Pod Of Dolphins Hunting A Shark

Video: Whoa. This aerial view, courtesy of a drone, captures something not often seen: a pod of false killer whales (which are a species of dolphins, of course) chasing and hunting down a shark in the waters near Sydney. You can see the gang of false killer whales basically acting like a pack of wolves on a hunt, only they’re not hunting down any old prey, they’re going after a freaking shark.


DJI Phantom 4 Review: The Best Drone I've Ever Crashed

The DJI Phantom 4 is a slick, feature-packed drone. People say it’s the drone that anybody can fly, the quadcopter that you just can’t crash. Let me be painfully clear about two things: 1) Not everyone can fly the Phantom 4, and 2) It’s pretty damn easy to crash.


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