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Parrot Bebop Drone Review: Looks Aren't Everything

You’ve graduated from your cheap beginner drone, and you want to try something new. Something that can shoot beautiful video from the sky — but doesn’t cost $1,000+ like a camera-equipped DJI Phantom. You spot the $US500 Parrot Bebop Drone, and pull the trigger. It’s kind of fun, you think, between strings of obscenities.

Watch A Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying On A Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.

These Star Wars Drone Builders Need To Start Selling Their Creations

It’s a safe assumption, given the ever-increasing popularity of quadcopters, that once The Force Awakens marketing blitz gets underway later this year, we’ll be seeing lots of Star Wars-related flying toys. But until then we have to settle for drooling over custom creations like this detailed light-up Millennium Falcon from YouTuber Olivier C.

So This Is What A Terrifying Quadcopter Tornado Looks Like

We’ve covered the remarkable work that researchers at ETH Zurich have been doing with robots and quadcopters before, but did you know its facility has a dedicated Flying Machine Arena where they tether drones to poles and make them fly in circles at terrifying speeds? It’s even more amazing than it sounds.

Watch This Insanely Fast Drone Fly At Impossible Speeds Into The Clouds

Holy crap. Once this drone decides to go, it just guns it like a warp speed rocket ship into the air. It’s so fast that I can’t believe it’s real. But Quadmovr has been showing iterations of its super fast drone for months now and everything else in the video seems to be moving at a normal speed so my God, this is awesome.

3DR's New Solo Drone Promises Airborne Footage Without A Learning Curve

Flying drones isn’t easy — which is why I recommend a cheap one to start. It gets even harder if you’re trying to control a camera at the same time you’re flying around. But drone pioneer 3D Robotics believes it has a fix: the new 3DR Solo. You just show it what kind of shot you want… and it will do the flying for you.

Watch A Pair Of Quadcopter Speeder Bikes Race Through A Redwood Forest

It’s not quite as thrilling as the original Endor chase sequence from Return of the Jedi, but Adam Woodworth has now created a Luke version of his speeder bike quadcopter allowing him and another pilot to recreate that scene while safely perched behind a pair of controllers.

This Drone's Brain Is Just A Run-Of-The-Mill Smartphone 

Like with many technologies, drones and quadcopters are getting cheaper and cheaper as they get smarter and more capable. And as Dr Vijay Kumar and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently demonstrated, the average consumer smartphone is now more than powerful enough to serve as an autonomous drone’s brains.

A Flying Star Destroyer Drone Looks Terrifying As It Descends From Above

If the opening shot of Star Wars emphasised one thing, it’s that the Empire’s Star Destroyers are gigantic imposing spaceships that everyone in the galaxy should fear. The same goes for Oliver C’s lastest quadcopter creation: a flying Star Destroyer that looks just as intimidating as it descends on you from above. And the loud whine from those four electric motors and propeller blades doesn’t help.

A Star Wars Speeder Bike Quadcopter Looks Perfect Racing Through Forests

Inspired by that wonderful scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke and Leia race through the trees of Endor using speeder bikes, there’s a small group of enthusiasts who do the same thing using camera-equipped remote control drones. Like Adam Woodworth who decided to take his hobby one step further by building a quadcopter that looks exactly like a stormtrooper riding a speeder bike.

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