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Insect inspires floatation system for DJI Phantom

Presently, if you want to land a consumer drone on the water, you're pretty much limited to buying one of the special amphibious models. That, or you could try a DIY approach such as fastening styrofoam pool noodles to the skids. If a new Kickstarter project succeeds, however, there will soon be a commercial floatation product available for the popular DJI Phantom series of quadcopters.Read More

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DJI eyes cinematic professionals with its most powerful drone ever

With their onboard camera and gimbal systems many of DJI's high-end consumer drones are perfectly capable of shooting sharp photos and video, but for cinematic quality footage you'll need a machine with a little more grunt. Announced today, the company's Matrice 600 drone is its most powerful yet, and with the ability to carry 6 kg (13.22 lb) is aimed at serious film makers looking to get professional rigs up into the sky. Read More

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Ahead of the game: DJI's Phantom 4 introduces obstacle avoidance, ActiveTrack and Sport Mode

With the 3DR Solo hot on its heels and a GoPro drone getting set to launch, DJI's Phantom 3 has been coming under pressure lately. No longer. Ever a step ahead of the game, DJI today released an impressive new Phantom 4 that features the first true obstacle detection and avoidance system we've seen on a consumer quadcopter. Enhanced autonomous flight modes let it track targets and fly itself better than ever before. There's also a new Sport mode that lets the Phantom match the Inspire One's top speed of 45mph, as well as a redundant secondary compass and IMU to make the Phantom 4 one of the first consumer quads that's starting to approach industrial levels of reliability.Read More

Automotive

Rinspeed turns BMW's i8 into the self-driving, drone-docking Σtos concept

When it comes to designing concept cars, Rinspeed doesn't just think outside the box; it crushes the box down, rips it to shreds and uses the shreds to light the bonfire it stares into as it daydreams about its next idea. Next year, it's abandoning its longstanding convention of debuting a creative concept at the Geneva Motor Show, instead using the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The Etos concept adds a little consumer electronic tech to the Swiss think tank's way-beyond-the-box thinking.
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DJI turns up the heat with new thermal-imaging camera

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is continuing its aggressive and relentless pursuit to rule the skies, this time giving its drones thermal-vision capabilities so they can see the invisible. Continuing its busy product release schedule, DJI has teamed up with thermal imaging specialists FLIR to develop a new camera called the DJI Zenmuse XT.Read More

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DJI's agriculture drone takes to the air down on the farm

They may not capture the imagination in the same way as say, drones that deliver items in 30 minutes or shoot stunning 4K video, but drones stand to have a big impact on agriculture. Crop dusting and seeding has been carried out by aircraft for more than a century, but we are starting to see their autonomous and agile younger cousins emerge as highly suitable tools for the job. This is of course not lost on the world's biggest drone maker DJI, which has just a launched a drone for farmers that can be programmed to cover acres of farmland in pesticides every hour.Read More

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The Phantom 3, 3DR Solo and Parrot Bepop 2: Comparing today's topflight consumer drones

The US government predicts one million drones will be sold over the coming holiday season. That's a whole a lot of thumbs jerking around unfamiliar joysticks, trying valiantly to prevent a meeting between their shiny new toy and the trees or local ferris wheels. But experienced pilots too will be looking to take their wizardry to new levels with the latest in high-flying hardware. With most consumer models carrying top-notch camera gear and a pretty friendly learning curve, drones made for rookies and experts aren't as different as they once were, though they do still have their own strengths and weaknesses. Let's put four of the big players side-by-side to see how they stack up.Read More

Digital Cameras Review

Review: DJI's Osmo brings stabilized video to the rest of us

The DJI Osmo looks like a weird little eyeball on the end of a stick, but it's effectively a motion-stabilized action camera that can smooth out rough, bumpy and wobbly footage for a clean, cinematic look. Easy and intuitive to use, the Osmo brings smooth handheld video into the price range of the average filmmaker, the same way DJI's all-in-one drone packages have opened up aerial shooting for the average Joe. We took one out for a weekend to see how it performs.Read More

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Walmart seeks permission to start testing delivery drones

If you buy something from one of America's retail giants sometime in the future, there's a growing chance a drone will be dropping it at your door. Joining Amazon in the race to get robotic couriers into the sky, Walmart has applied for permission to begin testing drones for home delivery, according to a report from Reuters.Read More

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