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 way, … » 11/01/13 1:20pm 11/01/13 1:20pm

Turn Your Quadcopter Into the Best Halloween Decoration Ever

Once you realize how boring your neighborhood is from the air, that expensive quadcopter you bought should find a good home in the rafters of your garage. But don't bury it too deep, you'll need access to it around Halloween every year because Alton Porter has come up with the perfect use for your forgotten drone: turn … » 10/23/13 1:00pm 10/23/13 1:00pm

Check Out This Army of Bizarre Flying Machines Built By Dyson Engineers

Dyson has some kick-ass vacuum engineers, but even the most passionate vacuum designer needs a little break now and then. That's why Dyson's team took a break to work on something completely different for a change of pace: weird, hacked-together flying (and crashing!) machines. » 9/28/13 4:00pm 9/28/13 4:00pm

This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off and Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the traditional plane design used for most drones, their speed and long range capabilities are limited. So an Arizona-based drone builder called Latitude Engineering hopes to capture… » 8/21/13 9:36am 8/21/13 9:36am

Dare to Dip and Dive With This Duo of Damn Durable Drones

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There are plenty of quadcopters out there that you can buy if you want, but they tend to have one or more of the following downsides: They are expensive. They are fragile. They are difficult to fly. Just one can be a bummer, any pair is twice the drag, and all three just all out sucks. The pair of Arial tricksters… » 2/14/13 12:40pm 2/14/13 12:40pm

This Tiny Pet Quadcopter Could Be Your Own Personal Cameraman

Who doesn't want to be the star of their own reality TV show? Well OK, sane people. But if you count yourself among the former, there's good news for you. A new, tiny quadcopter called the MeCam is just begging to be your ever-present cameraman. And you best take it up on the offer, there's no way you could find a… » 1/26/13 11:00am 1/26/13 11:00am