GoPro announced its new Hero5 Black action camera alongside their first ever drone, with the upcoming foldable Karma drone priced at $799.
The new GoPro Karma features a 3-axis stabilizer that slides out from under the drone, and attaches to a handheld "Karma Group" so that you can record stabilized footage on the ground, as well.
GoPro is offering a more expensive $1,099 bundle that includes the Hero5 Black camera, but if you only want the new Hero5 Session the bundle drops to $999. Karma also includes a slick-looking gaming-like controller, sporting a built-in touchscreen with GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman proudly saying that Karma is "more than just a drone", and with these specs and features - he's right.
Domino's Pizza is about to begin testing drone delivery, starting in New Zealand, where aviation laws passed this month allow for such a service. Parterning with drone company Flirtey, the plan is to launch the service to the public later this year, marking the first commercial drone delivery service worldwide.
"With the increased number of deliveries we make each year, we were faced with the challenge of ensuring our delivery times continue to decrease and that we strive to offer our customers new and progressive ways of ordering from us," says Domino's Group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij. "Research into different delivery methods led us to Flirtey. Their success within the airborne delivery space has been impressive and it's something we have wanted to offer our customers."
Meanwhile, New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he's in full support of the service.
If you've ever wanted a portable robot buddy, the Hover Camera is pretty close. Combining foldable functionality as well as "follow me" functionality, the compact drone will go wherever you go whether he's on or off. It's not quite pocket sized, but will fit into a backpack or messenger bag very easily.
The Hover Camera is also very safe as its propellers are enclosed by a carbon fiber frame, so you can grab it like you would a toy.
Developed by Beijing startup Zero Zero Robotics, it's intended for aerial photography and videography. Specs-wise, it weighs 238 grams, includes 13mp and 3mp cameras, supports 4K video, live streaming, and a 360 Pano mode complete with face and body tracking, and features Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform.
The Australia Post is currently testing drones for small package delivery. Assuming all goes well, they will be used to test home delivery later in 2016.
The company -- the first of its kind to test this kind of thing, beating Google's plan by some margin -- believes the drones will mean quicker delivery, including for imperative items like medication.
It's said the testing will be rigorous as it's carried out over the next few months. The Post's goal is to to determine exactly what the drones can deliver, how far it can deliver it, and how customers will receive their goods.
Set as an advertisement for the upcoming World Drone Prix set to kick off in Dubai, the marketing team for this event has released an awesome video depicting a race between a drone and the McLaren 650s supercar.
Spotted on Gizmodo, we're told that a straight line drag race between these vehicles would be a fruitless venture, but the twists and turns of a drone race actually gives this remote controlled 'rocket' a chance.
This isn't me telling you that travelling to work at over 100mph by drone is going to be the next best thing, but it's something cool to think about at least. If you're a little short on cash and can't pick up a McLaren 650s as your Sunday driver, maybe a pocket rocket drone is more up your alley.
So what exactly goes on at Area 51 in the Nevada desert these days? Well, we're no closer to the truth, but thanks to one incredibly ballsy drone pilot, we've got some new views over some of the world's most restricted airspace.
Pilot Hans Faulkner sent his drone up over a number of locations at the secretive base, North West Gate, and the Groom Lake from South Gate - a historically significant site which served as the airspace for some of the experimental aircraft and which the pilot uploaded to his YouTube channel.
Faulkner described the spot as "very difficult to move around" and that "white trucks follow us and hide when we record them". My hat's off to you, Hans.
Drones have become popular and cheap enough that their misuse and subsequent danger -- like when obstructing an air ambulance from landing -- is becoming a problem for Dutch police. Though they are investigating conventional methods to deal with it, they are also electing to train eagles to identify and capture them.
To this end, the "Politie Nederland" are teaming up with Guard From Above, a company that trains raptors. It's entirely possible things will go smoothly, as eagles are formidable birds of prey that already take down drones on their own, as well as handgliders, going so far as to take bites out of them afterward. Small drones seem fine, but larger ones could pose serious harm to the birds, so the impact on claws and a protection system and are being investigated by GFA (we're going to go ahead and assume it'll end up something like this).
There are two bills sitting in the California State legislature that could change the future of drones in that state, and probably beyond. These laws, if they pass, would require you to register with the state, have a tiny physical or electronic license plate and have insurance for damage to property and for hurting people too.
The first bill is is just a requirement for a small amount of property and personal insurance should injuries or damage accidentally occurs. It might even eventually evolve as a natural extension of auto insurance, though in this case it's a small policy bought at the point you bought the drone. That bill also requires GPS enabled drones to have an auto shut-off feature enabled that'll shut drones down when they approach airports. A necessary function, unfortunately.
The second bill wants to help curb future hit and run type accidents, with a state registration system similar to what we already have for cars. This would also require pilots to leave their information, much as with a car accident, in a conspicuous place after the fact, or face legal consequences. This should help place more responsibility on the drone pilot themselves.
Claimed to be the world's smallest camera-equipped drone, Axis' new Vidius drone measures just 3cm, offers five to seven minutes flight time on an impressive 20-minute charge, and sports 420p live streaming capability courtesy of its Wi-Fi camera.
Vidius comes with a 2.4GHz four-channel controller and optional app for travel distances of up to 30m; its gyro stabilization is said to make it easy to control.
With CES 2016 incoming, Qualcomm hypes up its new Snapdragon Flight drone tech with a teaser clip.
Not content with just dominating the land with its mobile processors, the chipmakers at Qualcomm have now set their sights on the skies. Using its new tiny 58 x 40cm circuit board called Snapdragon Flight, Qualcomm aims to usher in a new generation of drones that merge convenience with high performance. The Snapdragon Flight board is pretty much a jack-of-all-trades solution that combines navigation, photography and communications hardware with the new 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor.
The teaser clip is short and sweet, showing off the benefits of Qualcomm's new drone-centric approach. The Snapdragon Flight board features a variety of capabilities including basic functions like 4K video recording, quick battery charging, and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for "highly accurate location positioning". For particular feature-set, the board also supports optical flow cameras, visual-inertial odometry, motion planning, obstacle mapping, and last but not least, an autonomous pilot mode.