Believe It or Not, the World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is in Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that's kept Japan's army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones. » 7/21/14 6:10pm Yesterday 6:10pm

MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be the Perfect Photography Assistants

If you've ever been to a photography set, you've probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting—only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That's why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure… » 7/11/14 3:20pm 7/11/14 3:20pm

A Dizzying Drone's-Eye View of How the NY 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Your friendly local librarian hasn't been replaced by technology just yet, but that doesn't mean the library itself hasn't benefitted from a few modern upgrades.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… » 7/09/14 11:00am 7/09/14 11:00am

The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Is Now a Real Autonomous Drone

One of the most popular consumer quadcopters on the market is now a true drone. DJI recently pushed an update to the apps that help control its flagship Phantom 2 Vision, and now, the $1000 aircraft can fly missions autonomously. Seriously, you just tell it where to go, and it goes—all by itself. » 7/02/14 5:04pm 7/02/14 5:04pm

The FAA Will Not Allow Delivery Drones (For Now)

In a document seeking feedback on new drone policies, the FAA indicated that it does not want unmanned aircraft "delivering packages to people for a fee." Even if a company doesn't collect a fee—as Amazon has proposed—drone deliveries count as commercial activity, the agency says. And that's against the rules. (… » 6/24/14 2:40pm 6/24/14 2:40pm

The Internet's Eye Candy: Drones Videos Are the New Time Lapse

Remember when the internet was bursting at the seams with splendorous time lapse videos showing off bustling metropolises and exotic corners of the globe? Well, there's a new visual novelty act in town, and it hovers noisily above your head, peering down at earth with a fisheye lens. » 6/23/14 10:07am 6/23/14 10:07am

NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan

NASA wants to search Saturn's moon Titan for life but they're having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: A 22-pound quadcopter that will work from a mothership. After reading about it, it's a really cool idea. » 6/19/14 12:02am 6/19/14 12:02am

Google's Flying Internet Balloons May Actually Be Feasible Next Year

The biggest secret on the internet is that most of the world still doesn't have access to it. But while a year after launch there's still the possibility Google's Project Loon balloons may fall on you, it looks like they could actually be the most viable way to enable the 61 percent of humans without a Facebook… » 6/16/14 2:00pm 6/16/14 2:00pm

The FAA Just Approved the United States' First Commercial Drone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded permission for the first commercial drone over land to BP, of all companies. The oil company's partner, drone manufacturer AeroVironment, flew its first commercial flight in Alaska on Sunday. And it didn't just send a dinky quadcopter to do the job either. » 6/10/14 10:53am 6/10/14 10:53am