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BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

Those who travel on land for leisure have aerial imaging drones to capture breathtaking images, handsfree, but what about those who prefer to sightsee in open waters? About that, there are actually quite a few underwater imaging drones that will do the same for avid sea lovers and this little fellow you see here, called BIKI, is one of the newest entrants to the still-growing underwater drone market. But unlike the offerings we have seen thus far, BIKI is a little offbeat in the sense that it is more like a robot, or a bionic unmanned underwater vehicle, to be precise. Continue reading BIKI Is A Bionic Underwater Drone That Mimics A Fish And Does 4K Videoing

Meet Keelcrab Sail On, The World’s First Boat Hull Cleaning Drone

Good news, boat owners. You can say good bye to costly repainting of boat’s hull because there is this little hight-tech helper called Keelcrab Sail One – the world’s hull cleaning drone. Unlike many underwater drones you have seen thus far, Sail One is designed specifically to attach itself to the hull of any boat and carry out automated cleaning the hull. With an IP68 camera and accompanying 400 lumen LED, you can view the progress from a 7-inch display-equipped tethered remote control device. A generous 65 feet (20 meters) Kevlar-reinforced floating power supply cable provide Sail One with the reach while ensuring it will snap when tugged. Continue reading Meet Keelcrab Sail On, The World’s First Boat Hull Cleaning Drone

Extreme Fliers Want You To Get Into Drone Racing With This $65 Kit

Extreme Fliers, the company that brought to you the palm-size drone with gimbal is back, this time, it wants to get into the hobby of drone racing with a “competitively priced’ kit called Micro Drone Carbon Fibre Racing Kit. Obviously, it requires assembly, but what you will get is a tiny drone that touts customizability and hackability. The kit comes with multi-layer carbon fiber frame that offers this micro-size racer both strength and durability, while a new 5.8 GHz analogue camera FPV (Pro and Pro+ models) camera offers you real-time, low latency video piped straight to a FPV goggles and/or displays from a distance of over 200 meters (656 feet!). Continue reading Extreme Fliers Want You To Get Into Drone Racing With This $65 Kit

Why Fold The Drone When It Can Be Made Inflatable? Yes, Seriously.

At this point, it is hard not to acknowledge that drone is perhaps the greatest creation in recent times. Thanks to its ability to vertical lift and hover, it has a lot more than capturing breathtaking aerial images. But regardless of its applications, all of them are plagued by the same flaws: breakage and water. And those are things that you do not want when you are surveying a disaster zone, inspecting a structure et cetera. While some may opt to ruggedized the unit, but to be honest, whenever a hard material goes head-on with another hard material, it is never a good news and that’s not to mention that drone will drow when it hits a waterbody. Continue reading Why Fold The Drone When It Can Be Made Inflatable? Yes, Seriously.

Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Drones Can Plan And Execute Missions On Its Own

While program is on track to extend the service life of the nearly four-decade old F-16 Fighting Falcon, Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks has been working with U.S.A.F. to lend unmanned capability to this dynamic multirole fighter aircraft. While F-16 drones are not the newest news – they has been used as targets for F-35s previously – it is, however, a news that it can now think and act on its own (which made me kind of go ‘yikes’). This means that this pilot-less fighter jet is capable of executing air-to-ground strike missions autonomously while reacting to contingencies and threats along the way before getting back to complete its objective. Continue reading Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Drones Can Plan And Execute Missions On Its Own

WeChat Maker, Tencent, Has A Drone That Lets You Live Stream From The Sky

In case you haven’t heard, Tencent, the Chinese investment giant behind WeChat, actually has a drone, or more specifically, an imaging drone design with the sole intent of letting WeChat users stream video. Called Ying, which loosely translates to sky video, has 4K videoing capability, but will only live stream at 720p. If you are wondering why a messaging app wants its user to do live stream with an eye in the sky, well, you have to understand that WeChat is not merely a Whatsapp equivalent; it is an entire social media platform. It is a Craigslist, a Twitter/Facebook of sort, and a messaging app (and borderline Tinder, if we may add) – all rolled into one. Continue reading WeChat Maker, Tencent, Has A Drone That Lets You Live Stream From The Sky

DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Remember the DHL Parcelcopter 2.0? Yeah. That drone that was trialled for delivery of medicine to Island of Juist in 2014. Well, as it turns out. DHL has made a lot of headway into autonomous delivery since then. In early 2016, DHL has already trialling the third iteration of the Parcelcopter, the Parcelcopter 3.0, but instead of over waters, it now flies within the mountainous region of Reit Im Winkl and it was quadcopter no more. Parcelcopter 3.0, as you can see in the image above, is a tilt rotor VTOL drone much like the V-22 Osprey. Continue reading DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

How To Sell A $20K Camera: By Selling It With A $20K Drone

You must be wondering who in the world would do that? Well, apparently, Canon Japan is doing just that. But no, Canon Japan did not actually made the drone. According to a report, the drone is developed by a Japanese drone maker called ProDrone which Canon has invested back in 2016. ProDrone, if your recall, is the same company that makes the creepy robotic arm-equipped drone and the wall-clinging drone, and so, there should be no question about the flying rig’s track records. However, unlike specialty maker like DJI, the Japanese imaging equipment company has other target in mind. The company’s first imaging drone (technically, it is not the company’s), PD6E2000-AW-CJ1, is an industrial application drone designed to carry out search and rescue operations. Continue reading How To Sell A $20K Camera: By Selling It With A $20K Drone

This Drone Will Deliver Supplies For Humanitarian Aids And Never Return

Drone technology has come a long way. Its birth is not with controversy, but then it goes beyond military to empower everyday people with ability to do aerial imaging, land surveying, inspect building, and even burning trash. Now, a San Francisco robotics company, Otherlab, is taking drone technology to another level of goodness. With the funding from DARPA, the company has developed a disposal drone that’s designed to deliver supplies to disaster zones and for humanitarian aids. The origami-style cardboard drone has minimal electronics; it has just a GPS module which works to steer a pair of motors on the wing-style drone to its destination. Continue reading This Drone Will Deliver Supplies For Humanitarian Aids And Never Return

Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones

Natilus, a California-based startup, has an ambitious vision: cargo delivery using drone. Wait, what? This is not even news, right? Right, except that Natilus is more ambitious then a using a puny multicopter; the company wants to build a Boeing 777-sized drone that will fly itself from point A and point B to delivery 200,000 pounds of goods. And it is not even looking at airport to drop its stuff; the company envision Natilus unmanned air freight drone to take off and land on the water, and unload the cargo at seaside ports. What Natilus proposed is pretty much a regular air freighter, less the pilot and the crew, and also, it will travel at a slower pace than a regular commercial aircraft and at altitude lower (but still fuel efficient) than that of commercial jets. Continue reading Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones