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Best drones on a budget: Buying guide

This coming holiday season will see a veritable swarm of drones unwrapped and unleashed upon the world. That may or may not be a good thing, but if you are looking to join this airborne horde and haven't yet decided where to spend your dollars or how many of those dollars to spend, the following list may be of assistance.
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Aerial drones may find use as smart photographic light sources

As any professional photographer knows, setting up lights can be a hassle. This is often the case in the studio, but especially when shooting on location. Before too long, however, it may be possible to use hovering autonomous drones as light sources. In fact, that's just what a team from MIT and Cornell University has already done. Their system not only does away with light stands, but the light-equipped aircraft automatically moves to compensate for movements of the model or photographer. Read More

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Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 gets flight recorder, enhanced navigation

Parrot has announced a new peripheral for its AR.Drone 2.0, a black box-style Flight Recorder with 4 GB of Flash storage to record GPS and flight data, as well as locally save about 2 hours of HD footage recorded on the drone's onboard camera. Parrot has also announced a new Director Mode for its piloting app which allows easy editing of recorded footage, as well as an improved battery which increases the drone's flight time by a claimed 50 percent.Read More

Robotics

Could a drone be your next personal assistant – or dance partner?

New York City-based robotics developer Falkor Systems is working on autonomous flying robots that could fly alongside extreme athletes, shooting video of their exploits in the process. Beyond that, however, the company envisions a day in which such machines may hover around everyday people, acting as their assistants and perhaps even becoming their “friends.” In a demonstration of how such a relationship could be possible, Falkor recently used an augmented AR Drone quadcopter to take part in a modern dance performance with a human partner.Read More

Aircraft

Fighting Walrus Radio offers extended range for AR Drone

One of the things that many people like about the AR Drone is the fact that the user’s iPad doubles as the quadcopter’s control unit. While using a tablet as a controller does have its advantages, there is one drawback – because the iPad communicates with the drone via Wi-Fi, its range is quite limited. The designers of the Fighting Walrus Radio are attempting to remedy that situation, by allowing newer iPads, iPhones and iPod touches to communicate with unmanned aerial vehicles via longer-range radio frequency. Read More

Sports

Joggobot turns a quadrocopter into a running companion

Researchers from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia have developed a flying running companion called Joggobot. The system uses the built-in camera on a commercially-available Parrot AR Drone quadrocopter to track the position of a jogger, and fly a few feet out in front. While the current version has some serious limitations, there is huge potential for the development of a fully interactive training partner or coach in the very near future.Read More

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Parrot's updated A.R. Drone adds a 720p video camera

Parrot has updated its popular AR Drone, adding a 720p camera to the high-flying gadget. The camera on the device displays video at a 1280x720 resolution on your smartphone or tablet while you fly, and flight video can be recorded and saved onto your mobile device to watch later on. In addition to the camera, the Drone also now has a new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 application which offers a new flight interface and flight options. Read More

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Drone Station lets you fly an AR.Drone using a Mac, with gaming controllers

The AR.Drone quadricopter really is quite a nifty toy ... or tool ... or whatever you want to call it. Up until now, however, it could only be controlled by an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, an Android smartphone, or for the people who have one, a Linux PC. While those options weren’t exactly holding users back, the folks over at Drone Apps realized that a lot more would be possible if the aircraft could be piloted through an iMac or Macbook – most importantly, controllers such as joysticks and gamepads could be used. The result is an OS X application called Drone Station.Read More

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Parrot AR.Drone gets multi-platform support and new games

Since Parrot’s AR.Drone was released last year, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users have been able to control the twin-camera packing RC quadricopter via their iOS devices. At launch time Parrot said support for non-Apple platforms was on the way and following the release of piloting apps for mobile phones running Samsung’s bada and Nokia’s Symbian operating systems, Parrot has announced Android users will be able to find a free piloting app in the Android Market from next month.Read More

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