Fathers and sons do it, people do it in the park with their dogs, and Baseball players do it professionally, so why not let the robots get in on a fun game of catch? They want in on this human pastime too.
As sophisticated as drones are, they can get taken out of the sky in some very low-tech ways, as this short video from a soccer match in Argentina shows.
In the video, a fan brings down a drone with a perfectly thrown roll of toilet paper.
Astronauts get all the cool robot toys, and the folks on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion now. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the “Int-Ball,” a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew in their zero-gravity environment.
Check out this video from amazingdiyprojects as he takes his homemade multi-rotor copter out for its first manned test flights. Yes, it looks like a death trap. He is just sitting there surrounded by dozens of angry, spinning rotors.
Love or hate drones, I think we can all agree that watching them get zapped with over a million volts sounds like it would be pretty entertaining. It is. YouTube science geek Tom Scott took a pair of DJI Phantom 3 drones to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they can manufacture lightning strikes over a million volts, just to see what would happen to a drone when it gets hit by lightning.
You might think crash test dummies were mostly used for testing the safety of cars, airplanes, motorcycles and other vehicles. However, they’re often used in the testing of other consumer products to see what impact they could have if used improperly or in an accident.
Check out this crazy hoverbike test footage from Russia. This guy has only one thought: Don’t move my legs. Don’t move my legs. I love my legs. Please don’t let me lose my legs.
What you’re looking at here is a brief indoor test flight of Russia-based Hoversurf’s latest creation.
Power lines tend to collect trash when the wind blows. Plastic bags and other assorted trash stuck in the lines can be dangerous. Apparently, in Xiangyang, China, they now send drones up to sort out the mess… with fire!
Emulating a bat’s complex flight patterns has been a hard task for scientists, but now they are getting somewhere. With over 40 joints in their wings, bats offer a challenge. By simplifying that wing structure into just nine key joints covered by a flexible membrane, scientists have created Bat Bot B2.
The drone market is pretty jampacked these days, so it’s pretty tough to decide which one to buy. While there are some great high-end models for advanced flyers and aerial photographers, they have a tendency to cost $800 to $1000.
With drones becoming more and more popular and with most having the ability to send video back to the operator, police and military around the world need a way to stop nefarious users from using them to perform bad deeds.