quadcopters

Yes, Quadcopter Fight Clubs Exist

Following the popularity of those battle bots from a few years ago, it only makes sense that someone, somewhere, would pit quadcopters against each other in a battle to the death — or at least first crash.


Someone Turned A Quadcopter Into A Flying Missile Launcher

Forget concerns over surveillance and privacy when it comes to quadcopters and drones filling the skies. A member of Flite Test — a site dedicated to custom flying creations — built a quadcopter with a built-in launch pad for firing model rockets while in flight.


A Cheap Folding Drone That's Strong Enough To Carry A GoPro

They say the best quadcopter is the one you have with you (or is that cameras?) because not every opportunity to capture some glorious aerial footage is planned. So while you can spend thousands of dollars on a giant rig designed to hoist a heavy DSLR, why not save yourself some cash and opt for this wonderful $US495 Pocket Drone that folds into a case smaller than a 7-inch tablet.


Watch This Intelligent Quadcopter Recover After Losing A Prop In Flight

It will be years before Amazon’s dream of same day package deliveries via drone will ever become a reality. But you can forget about trying to shoot one down for some free electronics thanks to new software that allows a quadcopter to stay aloft — and on course — even after losing one or more of its propellers.


Quadcopters? Please. We Have Octodecacopters Now.

Four small corner-mounted rotors has become the most common configuration for autonomous hovering aircraft these days. But it turns out that if you’re willing to add a few more rotors into the mix — like say 16 — suddenly you’ve got yourself an octodecacopter that’s strong enough to carry a couple of human passengers.


You Won't Believe These Perfectly Synced Drones Aren't CGI

Autonomous quadcopter drones aren’t all about flying into dangerous areas where humans fear to tread. Besides being disposable, they also make for perfectly precise pint-sized pilots, as this Lexus ad entitled Amazing In Motion demonstrates. When you watch it, keep in mind that not a single quadcopter in the commercial was faked through CGI — they’re all real drones flying in perfect precision.


Gah! They've Taught Drones How To Weave Giant Spider Webs Now

It’s becoming painfully aware that those involved in robotics and artificial intelligence research aren’t quite thinking about the consequences of their so-called innovations. Like these researchers at ETH Zurich who’ve taught autonomous drones how to build and weave tensile wire structures. Or, to put it another way, DRONE WEBS OF DOOM.


Turn Your Quadcopter Into The Best Halloween Decoration Ever

Once you realise how boring your neighbourhood is from the air, that expensive quadcopter you bought should find a good home in the rafters of your garage. But don’t bury it too deep, you’ll need access to it around Halloween every year because Alton Porter has come up with the perfect use for your forgotten drone: turn it into a flying banshee.


A Drone's-Eye View Of The NSW Fires [Updated]

Fires continue to burn out of control all over New South Wales, and as exhausted crews battle to get the blazes under control, helicopters attack the front from the air. One RFS volunteer decided to get a better look at the blaze and the following devastation with a drone-mounted camera.


This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off And Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the traditional plane design used for most drones, their speed and long range capabilities are limited. So an Arizona-based drone builder called Latitude Engineering hopes to capture the best of both worlds with a quadcopter and drone hybrid that doesn’t need a runway but can fly long distance missions.


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