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

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more…]

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

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more…]

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more…]

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Team BlackSheep Exposes Holes in Homeland Security

Wednesday 09.26.2012 , Posted by

While many police officers, paparazzi, and government officials are excited about the potential benefits of drones expected to fill our skies by 2015, there are just as many people scared to death about what this could mean for our future. Team BlackSheep has set out to open peoples’ eyes about the implications of the new technology. By flying remote control airplanes with a 10 mile radius capability throughout cities- peeking into apartment windows, over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, right under the Statue of Liberty’s nose, and more- they show how frightening it would be if this technology got into the wrong hands. The RC planes that Team BlackSheep uses are only equipped with a camera but the armed military ones are capable of much more- which could be great for homeland security- unless things go wrong… [Read more…]

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