The World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Video Camera is All I Ever Wanted

Meet Lily, the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. This highly innovative drone is a new way we take video and stills of our activities. Just throw it up in the air, and it tracks you in cinematic video, no matter if you’re riding a wave, kayaking down raging rapids or just off on a peaceful walk with the kids. This device is going to change the way we take selfies, and by that, I mean they’ll actually be good.

Could Drones Plant Billions of Trees Around the World to Combat Deforestation?

Drones get a lot of press for spying on our daily activities or carrying out warfare, but what about a drone designed to reforest the world? That’s what BioCarbon Engineering has in mind for their unique tree planting drones – and they plan to plant no less than one billion trees per year.

The Tiniest Drone in the World is MINUSCULE

It wasn’t long ago that we were amazed by any kind of drone, but now our jaws are dropping for another reason – the amazingly small size of the latest quadcopters. As if following the exponential improvements dictated by “Moore’s law”, we’re seeing these flying machines shrink to ever more impressive scales. The SKEYE Nano is just the latest, and smallest, of the quadcopter evolution. Measuring just 4.0 x 4.0 centimeters (1.57 x 1.57 inches), it is small enough to take off and land on the palm of your hand.

A Drone Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Chernobyl

It’s been nearly 30 years since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, but much of the area remains the same as the day it was abandoned. Danny Cooke traveled to the site earlier this year while on assignment with CBS News for an episode of ‘60 Minutes.’ Armed with a dosimeter geiger counter, his SLR and a GoPro mounted on a drone, he explored the surrounding area including the abandoned town of Pripyat, and filmed its unreachable locations like never before. His film is called “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl”.

This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted.

A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

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The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear.

Quadcopter Captures the Essence of Detroit

When we hear about Detroit in the media, it’s about the deterioration of the city that was once a key player in “the American Dream.” The city that once created thousands of jobs with its thriving automobile industry has lost many of those positions to the factories overseas. Now when Detroit is mentioned, we hear mostly about the foreclosures and the violence. Set to the soundtrack of Ruby Frost & Mt. Eden’s “Oh That I Had,” this video shows this and another side of the Motor City. Shot with a GoPro on a Scarab QUAD X Stealth-FPV Reconn – ARF Electronica – Quadcopter, it shows the desolation as the view dives in and out of abandoned factories and buildings, yet it also gives a sense of hope with the verdant natural beauty and the resilient skyline.