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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.


A Game Called Zyro Uses Flying Drones As Intelligent Tennis Balls

If you thought drones were only good for spying on people or filming incredible crashes, you’re only half-right. A new Kickstarter wants to turn quadcopters into intelligent tennis balls, badminton shuttlecocks, and even frisbees so players won’t need proper courts, line judges, or even decent skills to play a variety of games.


Blade Nano QX Drone Review: An Out-of-Body Experience

I have a confession: I’ve been having out-of-body experiences. They feel like a video game. I’m a spirit in the sky, watching my flesh-and-bone self shamble about as I float on the breeze. How? Because I’ve been testing one of the coolest toys ever made: a tiny drone with a pair of wireless video goggles that let you see the world from high above.


Modern-Day Snake Charming Is A Bloodthirsty Ukulele-Controlled Drone

Snake-charming is old-school badassery, but Vegard Veiset is giving it a modern twist. No, his ukulele-controlled quadcopter doesn’t technically have fangs, but even with propeller guards it could still have a hell of a bite.


Every Single One Of These Drone Crashes Is Glorious

Technology! It gives us amazing devices that allow us to experience life in new ways. How wonderful. Even more wonderful is when those devices fail us to extremely comedic effect. Exhibit 1: Drones.


A Plane Nearly Crashed Into A Drone At Heathrow Airport

A plane landing at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier this year was 700 feet off the ground when the pilot spotted a remote-controlled drone too close for comfort, with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority assigning the incident its most dangerous possible rating. British pilots say that drones flown by amateur photographers and videographers represent a “real risk” to planes during landing and take-off.


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