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New Autonomous 3D Robotics Drone Follows You Wherever You Go

The Iris+ looks pretty cool. Just dream of practically anything you’d like a drone to do, and chances are the new 3D Robotics quadcopter will do it. Autonomous flight? Check. Longer flight time? Check. Dynamic LED lights for directional awareness? Check. Crazy-arse “Follow Me” function? Check.


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Your friendly local librarian hasn’t been replaced by technology just yet, but that doesn’t mean the library itself hasn’t benefited from a few modern upgrades.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.


Parrot's New MiniDrones Coming To Australia In August

Parrot has two new pint-size drones coming to Australia next month. The ‘MiniDrones’, as they’ll be known when they’re on store shelves, are smaller and simpler than the AR.Drone, as well as a fair bit cheaper, and they’re available for preorder right now.


You Won't Mind This Chocolate Quadcopter Flying Towards Your Face

When you think of what goes into building a flying quadcopter, materials like super-light carbon fibre come to mind — definitely not chocolate. But once again the internet proves anything is possible, since the frame of this delicious drone is actually made from white and dark chocolate.


Should We Really Just Call Everything A 'Drone' By Default?

There’s a revolution in the skies. Things are flying around up there. Some of them are remote controlled, some of them are autonomous. Some of them shoot at people, some of them don’t. Some of them are in stores, some are military. But should we just call them all “drones”?


This Quadcopter Drone Can Fly At 80km/h

Your average off-the-shelf drones sure are cute to fly around a park on your lunch hour, but what happens when you want to go faster than conventional products will let you? You build your own, of course. That’s what Ilya Rosenberg did with the new iQuad Tilt-Rotor Quadcopter, which has a reported top speed of a whopping 80km/h thanks to a cool new rotor design.


Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of University College, London. “In effect, it’s the world’s first flying 3D printer,” New Scientist writes. “One day such drones might work together to help remove waste from nuclear sites or help patch up damaged buildings.”


Every Fireworks Show Should Have A Quadcopter Cameraman

Fireworks look awesome from the ground, but have you ever wished you could be inside them? Probably not because that’s verifiably insane, but this quadcopter footage shows off how great the view is from up there.


DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer’s brain.


Tying Yourself To A Quadcopter Is The Most Awesome Way To Lose A Tooth

What was the most memorable way you ever lost a tooth? For me, it was the day some girl karate kicked an incisor into the back of my throat at gymnastics camp. For this brave, young soul, it will almost certainly be the day his dad ripped his tooth out with a quadcopter.