DJI, creator of the Phantom and Inspire quadcopters, has just updated its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) system to prevent drone pilots from flying their machines where they ought not to fly them.
By now you’ve heard or read that the FAA came out with its “much-anticipated” set of guidelines regarding proper drone usage in the United States. Everyone seems to be making sure you know that the document is over 600 pages long.
Are you going to read all that material? Of course not.
A few people will, and they, in turn, will tell us the important points we really need to know.
One of the points you probably already know is that the whole thing only applies to you if you fly a drone (quadcopter or other similar aircraft) that weighs over 55 pounds.
Personally, I only own two micro quads (Wallet Drones) that I can barely feel while holding one in the palm of my hand.
So I won’t be reading the official document, nor will I probably even wait for the summary that those few studious people will provide.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying this document is unimportant. It’s just that it’s not going to apply to everyone. And for those of us to whom it doesn’t apply, we (okay, I) couldn’t care less.
If someday I acquire one of the big boy drones, I’ll look up the details to see what I can and can’t do. By the time that day comes, the official rules will probably have changed several times over anyway.
Anyone else in the same
boat quadcopter as me?
You realize that automated cars (probably used like a taxi) are the future, right? But have you ever considered getting to your destination via an automated air taxi?
If so, you’re probably not the first to come up with the idea, and you’re definitely not the first to try to put it into practice like the folks at EHang are trying to do.
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Walmart is getting into drones, but not the same way Amazon did. The Walmart drone is scheduled to take over inventory duties at its distribution centers within the next year.
The main reasons for this innovation are safety and efficiency. What current workers can now do in a month, the drone should be able to do in a single day. Read more
I really love seeing quadcopters being put to use in places where humans either can’t or shouldn’t go. The Drone Spray Hornet is one of the latest quads to do so.
You can get a little bit of an idea what this drone can do in the video below.
Drone Volt created this machine to help get rid of Asian hornets that have been real pests in France and other parts of Europe for several years.
It uses a GoPro Hero 4 camera and a nifty spraying system to attack hornet nests no matter where they’re located.
Hopefully it will be successful in its initial missions and more will be developed so the hornets’ prey – bees and other beneficial insects – will no longer be hassled by the intruders.
Apparently the folks in China have not yet seen the Harry Potter movie with Dobby the house elf.
Either that, or the people at ZeroTech, a Chinese drone maker, just don’t care that one of their latest models has the same monicker. Read more
The FAA Wants You to Take This As Seriously As They Do
GoPro Quadcopter Apparently Flies Flawlessly
Take a look at the video above taken by a prototype version of the quadcopter that GoPro has been working on. I’m no expert, but it looks pretty good to me. If I could afford it, I would have no problem using one of these machines. Read more
Accel and Kleiner Are Leaders in Quadcopter Investment
Per an article in The New York Times, there is a fair amount of investment happening in the drone (presumably mostly quadcopter) world. The main thrust of all this activity is for using higher-end quadcopters, such as those from DJI, for services like farmland surveys, examination of disaster areas for insurance purposes, and inspections of cell phone towers, bridges, and the like. Read more
Can Drones with Cameras Imitate Nature?
I know I’ve heard or read many times that scientists and researchers find solutions to their problems in nature. (Sorry, I just can’t think of a specific example at the moment.) So it’s no big surprise that some folks at Standford, looking to keep cameras on quadcopters and other drones (to give in and use the popular term) from moving around too much, may have found an answer in the long neck of a goose. Read more