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I.F.O. Manned Drone

Italy-based Jet Capsule has unveiled the the I.F.O (Identified Flying Object), a manned drone for two. The flying saucer-shaped chassis features a main central capsule cockpit, surrounded by a carbon fiber disk, and is powered by eight electric engines, capable of propelling the machine to 120mph in the sky. It draws power from several batteries located within the disk, and has an additional battery pack placed right in the center of the body, good for a combined flying time of between 60-70 minutes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Land Rover Project Hero

Let's face it, rescue vehicles are a necessity, but they aren't exactly the most exciting in the auto industry, that is unless...you're talking about the Land Rover Discovery "Project Hero". Designed for the Austrian Red Cross, it comes equipped with a roof-mounted drone, along with self-centering magnetic technology that helps it land safely while the SUV is in motion. The floor of the vehicle also slides out to create work space that can also be used to store rescue gear. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Millennium Falcon Quadcopter Drone

Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quadcopter Drone can perform stunts at the push of a button, and it's being offered for just $76.69 shipped, today only, originally $109.99. The Ultimate Millennium Falcon takes flight with the power of four quad rotors concealed in the ducts of the ship for agile, space-like flight! Its onboard Gyro-stabilization provides stable and smooth flight for the ultimate flying experience. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on preview and more information.

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UFO Drone

Eachine's E010 is a palm-sized UFO quadcopter drone, and it's being offered for just $22.79, today only, originally $49.99. With its nifty built-in positioning system, the drone can auto-locate the remote; just press the one key return button, and it will automatically fly back to the control. Integrated LED lights make it easy to identify the front and back, making it perfect for night flights. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video test and more information.

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Plan Bee Flower Drone

Invented by Anna Haldewang, an industrial design student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia (SCAD), Plan Bee is essentially a drone designed to replicate the cross-pollination performed by honeybees and bumblebees. The prototype can fit in the palm of your hand, and is made from a lightweight, flower-shaped foam body that holds onto the bee's color pattern. Each of the drone's six sections has tiny holes through which the device retrieves pollen from a flower when hovering over it. The pollen is then stored in the body cavity before it's expelled for cross-pollination. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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UPS Delivery Drone

Amazon Prime Air is one thing, this delivery drone is another. UPS modified a delivery truck with a special roof hatch, through which a custom drone is secured to a cage. When opened, the driver places a package inside, before sending the drone on its preset route. These routes could eventually be automatically generated by software, but for now, the company is pre-programming destinations and directions. The drones have a 30-minute flight time and can hold up to 10-pound packages. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Autonomous Quadcopter Drone

Forget taxis, residents of Dubai may soon be transported in an autonomous quadcopter drone by China-based eHang. "This is not only a model. We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies," said Dubai Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer. The eHang 184 is capable of flying up to 23-minutes at a height of 500 meters on a single charge of its lithium batteries. Unlike conventional aircraft, the person inside the drone remains a passenger, while the 184 is preprogrammed to fly to a specific destination before they hop in. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the mysterious, yet oddly satisfying, Lotus Box puzzle.

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CX-10 Mini Drone

Cheerson's CX-10 Mini Drone is perfect for beginners, and it's being offered for just $15 shipped, today only, originally $29.99. It comes bundled with a transmitter, USB cable, a user manual, and spare blades. Measuring about four centimeters long, four centimeters wide, and two centimeters in height, it's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and is powered by a 100 mAh lithium ion battery. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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NOX FPV Racing Quadcopter

The "NOX" racing quadcopter takes drone racing to the next level, as it provides a first-person view for all pilots participating, thanks to a multitude of cameras on each vehicle. That's not all, the quadcopter's cabin features an integrated autonomous stabilization system that can instantly respond to the different flight modes, such as take off and landing. Design wise, two rotors are placed together on the same wing, connected to the body on a single rotational pivot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Intel Drones Halftime

Intel used 300 of their custom "Shooting Star" drones to put on a stunning light display during Lady Gaga's Super Bowl LI Halftime Show. More specifically, each drone measures approximately a foot long square, weighs just over eight ounces, and sports a plastic and foam body. They communicate with each other wirelessly using a central computer to execute its dance routine, while the computer checks the battery level as well as the GPS signal strength of each drone just before showtime, and assigns roles accordingly. Reserve units were put on standby, and ready to take over within seconds should one (or many) falter. One thing you may not have known is that Intel had to tape the drone display long before the Super Bowl to avoid violoating airspace rules. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone kayaking down a waterfall in an LED suit.

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