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Tokyo Police Use a Drone to Catch a Drone

Tokyo Police Use a Drone to Catch a Drone
Last week, I showed you guys a drone that had a flamethrower attached, and was cooking a turkey. That flame-throwing drone could just as easily be used to attack people or property. With that in mind, the Tokyo police have a plan to stop nefarious drones before they can cause problems. The plan involves using a larger drone with a big net attached to its legs.

Drone Roasts Turkey with a Flying Flamethrower

Drone Roasts Turkey with a Flying Flamethrower
This drone with a flamethrower attached looks to me like a one-way ticket to a federal holding cell. This can’t be legal, can it? I mean, this is a DIY drone that has a freaking flamethrower that can throw said flames a good 25 yards. In this video, the drone operator isn’t doing anything too sketchy at all.
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Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator

Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator
We’ve seen quadcopters and robots that can fly and walk (or roll), and one that can swim and walk. The Naviator drone on the other hand is equally adept at flying and swimming underwater. Prof. Javier Diez and several of his students at Rutgers University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have been working on the Naviator for years, but it took off earlier this year when they received $618,000 (USD) from the United States’ Office of Naval Research (ONR), who were apparently extremely impressed by the prototype. The ONR hopes to someday use such a drone to look for underwater mines and enemies as well as inspect underwater structures such as those in piers, bridges and oil platforms.

Fleye Drone Hides Moving Parts in its Shell: UAV Protection

Fleye Drone Hides Moving Parts in its Shell: UAV Protection
Even though consumer UAVs are becoming smarter and easier to use, they can still cause physical harm. Just last month a baby lost one of his eyes because he was accidentally hit by a quadcopter’s propeller.

Jeremy Clarkson Explains the Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Service

Jeremy Clarkson Explains the Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Service
In the not too distant future, you may be able to have Amazon goods delivered within just a half hour’s time. How will it work? Former Top Gear host (and future Amazon car show host) Jeremy Clarkson explains the upcoming Amazon Prime Air drone-based delivery service in a new video. You simply order your item, and a regionally-located drone loads up your package (presumably boxed by a human or another robot).

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View

PowerUp FPV Equips Paper Planes with a Live Streaming Camera: Fold’s Eye View
PowerUp Toys continues to modernize the paper airplane. Its latest effort, the FPV, practically packs enough tech for a consumer drone, including a camera, Wi-Fi video streaming and an autopilot mode. The onboard camera only has a 640×480 resolution, but that’s still infinitely better than nothing.

Student Knocks a Drone out of the Sky with Soccer Ball

Student Knocks a Drone out of the Sky with Soccer Ball
Humans are getting better at taking out drones in all sorts of ways. Like shooting them with hockey pucks, or with a special drone rifle. I’m proud of our people. Keep training, and one day, when the robots try to enslave us, we will revolt and kill them all. Check out this video of a soccer player taking out a drone with a well timed kick.

AIG Will Insure Your Drone

AIG Will Insure Your Drone
One time I was out at the racetrack and there was a videographer there filming footage of cars for some TV show. His drone was super fancy and had a high-end video camera underneath it. It went wonky and suddenly climbed to what seemed like a thousand feet and tumbled into the distance.

Guy Sweeps His Patio Using a Drone

Guy Sweeps His Patio Using a Drone
We are always complaining that we should have robots that will do our chores by now. Well, the truth is that we do, we just have to think outside of the box. Why not let your drone do some cleaning for you.

Radio Rifle Used to Disable Drones

Radio Rifle Used to Disable Drones
Some people love drones, and other hate them because of privacy and safety concerns. If you are a drone hater, you are going to love this. The Battelle DroneDefender is a rifle that is designed to take over radio control of drones so you can bring them to the ground.

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain. The hexacopter drone has a camera that lets it scout ahead, making an elevation map of its surroundings as well as noting landmarks.

Robotic Dog Launches a Drone from Its Back

Robotic Dog Launches a Drone from Its Back
Well this is terrifying. Every time I think that the mad scientists have given up and gone home I find another monstrosity that they have unleashed upon the world. In this case we have a robot dog who is packing a surprise – drone that it launches from it’s back. So now robots are riding other robots and using them as launchpads.

Girl Gets Tooth Pulled out by Drone

Girl Gets Tooth Pulled out by Drone
I think it all started in cartoons. Also in the old Three Stooges flicks. You are in so much tooth pain, you tie some string around your tooth and you attach the other end to a door.

Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Drones Arrive for Force Friday

Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Drones Arrive for Force Friday
September 4th is Force Friday, when Disney is streaming a massive unboxing event. It’s a huge day for Star Wars collectors. Maybe the biggest day in decades. Two items are sure to be of particular interest for fans who like drones.

Guy Builds Homemade Flying Machine Using 54 Drone Rotors

Guy Builds Homemade Flying Machine Using 54 Drone Rotors
Like the Wright brothers before him, this man has a serious need to fly. Some might call him adventurous. Others would call him innovative. I call him crazy. The custom-built aircraft you see here is called “The Swarm,” but I call it, “Let me off ths crazy thing!” A single drone can’t lift a person, but wire 54 drone rotors together and it’s not a problem.

Eagle v Drone: Dawn of Justice

Eagle v Drone: Dawn of Justice
It’s really hard to be a drone enthusiast right now. There are too many laws restricting your movement – with more coming, people wanting to shoot your drone from the sky, and now eagles. If this video is any indication, eagles seem suddenly pissed about drones in the sky. This drone is minding it’s own business, having a calm and leisurely flight over Australia, when suddenly out of nowhere, a huge wedge-tailed eagle kicks the crap out of it.
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