Americans Keep Losing Their Drones

All across America, drones are crashing into trees and rooftops. The $500-plus dollar skytoys are frequently flying away from their owners, landing in lakes and marshes and urban neighborhoods, never to be found again. Lost drone posters line residential neighborhoods like the missing dog fliers of yore. Have you… » 9/09/14 4:52pm Tuesday 4:52pm

Share the Best Drone Video You've Ever Shot (And Tell Us How You Did It)

Last week, a man pushed a drone out his Seattle hotel window and conducted a fly-by of the nearby Space Needle. Police got a report that the drone had hit the Needle, and confiscated the video he had shot as evidence. But there was no collision, just this dramatic sunset footage, with tiny tourists waving from the… » 7/28/14 1:53pm 7/28/14 1:53pm

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Your friendly local librarian hasn't been replaced by technology just yet, but that doesn't mean the library itself hasn't benefitted from a few modern upgrades.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

Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of Imperial College London. "In effect, it's the world's first flying 3D printer," New Scientist writes. "One day such… » 5/07/14 9:50am 5/07/14 9:50am

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer's brain. » 4/06/14 8:00pm 4/06/14 8:00pm

Take a Quadcopter Tour of Alaska's Ice Caves Without Catching a Cold

With towering, crystalline halls of frozen water, ice caves are among the most visually arresting formations in nature. They're just a pain to explore given their often inaccessible locations and the inhospitable climate that allows for their development. But that's where the drones come in. » 3/14/14 3:40pm 3/14/14 3:40pm

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 $495 … » 1/15/14 10:00am 1/15/14 10:00am

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. » 12/06/13 7:00pm 12/06/13 7:00pm

Quadcopters? Please. We've Got 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 14—suddenly you've got yourself an octodecacopter that's strong enough to carry a couple of human passengers. » 11/22/13 9:20am 11/22/13 9:20am

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… » 11/08/13 9:40am 11/08/13 9:40am

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… » 11/01/13 1:20pm 11/01/13 1:20pm