Drones That Follow You Around Are The Feature of Drones, Data X Conference in San Francisco

Drones, Data X Conference in San Francisco June 3rd focuses on the merging of big data, computer vision, machine learning and drones for Industry.

Drone-World.com Announces DJI Phantom 4 Pre Order March 23

Drone World will take orders for the all-new DJI Phantom 4 on March 23, 2016.

How This New Drone Can Track Your Every Move

Lisa Eadicicco  for Time:  Drones can already follow professional snowboarders as they speed down a slope or keep up with mountain bikers racing through rocky terrain. But drone-equipped athletes are usually required to keep their phone nearby, since the aerial devices often rely on handheld devices’ GPS signal to track a person’s location. DJI’s newest drone, the Phantom 4, claims to eliminate that hassle. The company says the Phantom 4’s new ActiveTrack feature uses the drone’s front-facing sensors to see and track a target. “Being able to learn about the object, as it squats, as it rotates, as it turns, is really complicated,” says Michael Perry, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. “When you’re flying toward something, you have to make a decision to fly around it, fly above it, or stop. And to train the system to learn those different functions is also a big challenge.”   Cont'd...

Straight Up Imaging Launches the Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System

Straight Up Imaging announces the launch of their unmanned aircraft, the Endurance. The Endurance is a powerful, cost-effective, and easy to use professional grade platform that will allow customers to leverage the full potential of aerial imaging.

DARPA - FLA Program Takes Flight

They may not have zoomed flawlessly around obstacles like the Millennium Falcon did as it careened through the hull of a crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars VII. But the sensor-loaded quadcopters that recently got tested in a cluttered hangar in Massachusetts did manage to edge their way around obstacles and achieve their target speeds of 20 meters per second. Moreover, the quadcopters were unmanned … and real. Thus was the initial phase of data collection for DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently deemed an encouraging success. DARPA’s FLA program aims to develop and test algorithms that could reduce the amount of processing power, communications, and human intervention needed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to accomplish low-level tasks, such as navigation around obstacles in a cluttered environment. If successful, FLA would reduce operator workload and stress and allow humans to focus on higher-level supervision of multiple formations of manned and unmanned platforms as part of a single system.   Cont'd...

The Internet of Drones has Landed: H3 Dynamics Unveils DRONEBOX

Smart drone nesting solution automates professional drone operations in numerous industrial applications. Grid-independent drone battery charging system removes need for travel to remote areas. Networked and movable surveillance and inspection sensor systems broaden the Internet of Things.

FLA Program Takes Flight

Program to develop fast, lightweight autonomous air vehicle completes first flight data tests

AIA Praises Committee Action to Allow UAS in Post-Disaster Recovery

The American Insurance Association (AIA) applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees action today to make it easier for property/casualty insurers to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following natural disasters.

Earthbound Robots Today Need to Take Flight

Neil Tardella for IEEE Spectrum:  The DARPA Robotics Challenge this past summer showcased how far humanoid robots have come—but also how far they have yet to go before they can tackle real-world practical applications. Even the best of the DRC behemoths stumbled and fell down, proving, as IEEE Spectrum noted at the time, that “not walking is a big advantage.” There is, in fact, a new not-walking way for robots to perform many kinds of tasks better and faster: the dexterous drone. A lightweight flying platform with a robotic arm combines the strengths of two rapidly developing, parallel industries. Aerial drones like quadcopters and octocopters have in just the past few years emerged as a viable industrial and consumer product with substantial maneuverability, versatility, and durability. Yet the drones of today are mostly just flying bodies with no arms or hands.   Cont'd...

Safely Bonding with Drones

Gimball model drone eliminates the peril of flying close to people and potentially damaging structures.

Drones' Good, Bad: Keep Your Eyes to the Skies as Drones Fly Out of Stores

Drones were sold by the squadron this past holiday as intelligent machines but theyre really just tricked out remote-control planes. Few have the common-sense necessary to detect/avoid obstacles, figure out where theyre at or how to get home.

The Power of SmartCam3D Augmented Reality in Your System

Rapid Imaging Software, Inc.announces partnership program for augmented reality software.

Fighting for Life: Why Drones are Infiltrating Emergency Services

If machines are a reflection of their creator, then their ability to save the imperilled arises from our pursuit of empathy, our willingness to throw our chips behind the right cause when and where the money matters.

DroneOS - Drone Management Software

DroneOS is a new hardware/software commercial standard for reliably managing drones. The combined ground/air solution is a fully integrated, one stop shop for managing all prosumer and enterprise grade drones.

Commercial Drone Sales to Rise by More Than 80% This Year as Annual Sales Approach $500mn

Agricultural Applications Boost Market, But Delivery Deployments Raise Safety Fears

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