Mystery Drones Have Been Flying Over France's Nuclear Power Plants

Le Monde reports that quadrotors of various shapes and sizes have been flying over some of France's (numerous) nuclear power plants over the course of the past few weeks, causing mild alarm, embarrassment for the Air Force that's supposed to police the air space, and a judicial enquiry. » 10/31/14 12:30am 10/31/14 12:30am

This Drone is Armed - But Not Like You Might Imagine

We're almost so used to the idea of weapons-toting drones, that finding a drone with a pair of actual arms is a little unusual. This quadcopter with a pair of arms is the brainchild of university professors, who clearly didn't think about the consequences of giving flying robots the ability to pick things up and run… » 9/26/14 2:11am 9/26/14 2:11am

This Sticky Quadrotor Can Literally Be a Fly on the Wall

In the not too distant future the world is going to be abuzz with quadrotors flying about making deliveries, monitoring traffic, and of course spying on everyone: a skill this gecko-like craft is particularly adept at. Thanks to a special dry adhesive it's able to stick and unstick from surfaces, letting it land and… » 5/08/13 1:36pm 5/08/13 1:36pm

30 Quadrotors Form a Star Trek Constellation In the London Skyline

It's supposed to be an hour when everyone conserves energy by turning off the lights and other superfluous power drains. But apparently Paramount is still not up-to-speed on what Earth Hour is all about since over the weekend it celebrated the event by sending 30 quadrotor drones into the air, forming the Starfleet… » 3/25/13 8:25am 3/25/13 8:25am

Watch These Quadrocopters Throw and Catch Poles Like Acrobats

There seems to be no end to the marvels that quadrocopters can achieve. Now, though, researchers have got 'em throwing and catching poles like acrobats—and it's amazing. » 2/22/13 4:20am 2/22/13 4:20am

Oh God, Here Come the Private Security Drones

It was inevitable. Drones are in ever-wider use by the military, and some day they might deliver you food, but it looks like they'll also be the private, flying-camera spies for private companies too. That's what Japanese security company Secom is banking on with its new private security quadrotor. » 12/30/12 2:00pm 12/30/12 2:00pm

The Tacocopters Are Coming, For Real

The Tacocopters are coming. Sure, the original pitch was a clever troll aimed at credulous and impatient fast-food junkies. But the numbers don't lie – a typical taco weighs less than a pound, and aircraft that can autonomously fly a few dozen ounces of payload to your doorstep are already available for around a… » 9/02/12 12:00pm 9/02/12 12:00pm

Dropping Explosives From a Quadrotor Puts Tom Clancy to Shame

To a casual observer, this video might look like dropping high explosives from an RC helicopter. Which would be cool enough on its own. But the real case is so, so much better: This is the future of dropping tiny, deadly bombs from the sky. » 5/23/12 4:00pm 5/23/12 4:00pm

Breakthrough Quadcopter Does Previously Impossible Acrobatics

Looking at their latest invention, Mark Cutler and Jonathan P. Howe will get an awesome job at some military aerospace company. They have created a quadrotor drone with variable-pitch, something that didn't exist before in these kind of machines. Not they can do some crazy acrobatics. » 2/24/12 7:20pm 2/24/12 7:20pm

Oh Great: A Killer Swarm of Synchronized Quadrotor Drones

One day, drones won't just fly by themselves: they'll hunt in packs. Imagine a swarm of tiny, flying drones chasing after you, synchronizing their movements to catch you in the most effective way possible. If you can't imagine it, don't worry: it's already happened. » 2/01/12 9:19am 2/01/12 9:19am

Watch the Murderous Quadrotor Blooper Reel to Feel Better about the…

We've established many times over that quadrotors are going to kill you, probably in your sleep. And that's, you know, that's okay, we've come to terms with it. Or had, until we found out their crucial weakness: they're actually hilariously bad at quadrotoring. Watch, giggle, and hope that it's one of these fools… » 7/01/11 4:30pm 7/01/11 4:30pm