DJI is providing a professional quality drone at a hobbiest price. The Phantom 2 Vision is a still a bit high priced for a toy but the serious hobbiest or the professional service company can now get high quality in the $1200 range compared to $3500 or so before.
See it on [engadget]
This tiny version of the Parrot drone doesn’t have a camera but it’s small enough to carry around in your pocket. Those cool wheels at the ends let it do cool rolling tricks on the ground, walls and ceilings.
Get the story at [TechCrunch]
PETA is supplying drones to use to watch wildlife and to spy on hunters who may be breaking the rules out in the wild. Get your own Air Angel drone here: http://www.petacatalog.com/homepersonalbeauty/airangelsdrone/
Griffiss International Airport in New York has been approved for testing of commercial drones. This may help to spur lots of new commercial companies in the space. Get the story: http://www.littlefallstimes.com/article/20131230/NEWS/131239922
Rules seem to require them to be remote controlled rather than GPS controlled so experimentally promising but difficult to see how they become a commercial success at the moment. Get the story here: [/dot]
Designed as a stealthy spy drone, the RQ-180 is going to do all sorts of secret things and appears to be based at Area 51. Replacing the less stealthy smaller RQ-170 Sentinel it should have more range and upgraded electronics. It is expected to be operational by 2015.
Get the full story here: [AviationWeek]
Ever seen some of the great TED technology educational videos? Apparently through the years they have had a recurring theme of demonstrating drone technology at the TED conferences. Here is a nice page with some samples of the drones they have shown in the past and a fairly impressive new one with a quadcopter balancing a glass of water in mid-air. Click here for the full story. [blog.TED.com]
60 Minutes did a story on Amazon’s idea for delivering packages by air using drones. The drone would pickup packages at fullfullment centers and deliver them in 30 minutes or less. I’d imagine that Fedex and UPS will be watching closely and will be ordering their own fleet of drones in the very near future. Get the story here: [USAToday]
Mount your go pro camera on a drone and have your very own personal spy drone.