Google X’s Project Wing originated as an experiment to deliver defibrillators to people suffering from heart attacks.
The Federal Aviation Administration may still be figuring out how to politely negotiate with commercial drones in the airspace, but goateed metalhead Johnny Dronehunter doesn’t wait for rules, man. Nah. He’d prefer to shoot down drones with a giant silencer he’s selling for gun accessory company SilencerCo.
Note: He is also a Defender of Privacy.
City of Drones isn’t just a first-person drone simulator. Its an engine to create empathy toward our all-seeing flying robots.
Make way in your Instagram feed for flying-camera panoramas.
Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie?
Though the company is awaiting FAA regulation of commercial drones, it already has early customers around the globe.
We took some drones out for a spin to test their durability under extreme (and not so extreme) conditions. In this battle, our drone goes up against a soccer ball flying at 67 mph. Check out the results.
Our drone tries to protect the goal against a shot going 67 mph. Here’s how that worked out.
… and did we mention that there are also lasers?
Making sure we live in a healthy world is a collective action problem. It doesn’t really work unless everyone—or at least a significant majority of countries, industries, and consumers—starts making radical changes in behavior. If that doesn’t work, one student designer envisions a future in which we resort to personal air quality drones.
"I’m pretty sure I would just crash it somewhere," said one student. "Cause some kind of accident."
In the wake of Amazon’s audacious plan to employ delivery drones someday, there’s now another company working to create a drone that could lead the way to airborne automatic deliveries and tackle some of the specific problems of package delivery. Called the HorseFly, this drone comes equipped with eight rotors—twice the amount of the standard consumer drone—and has its sights set on becoming your new delivery man.
“We’ve sparked an arms race that we’re quickly running the risk of losing.”