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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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Airselfie Flying Camera

After making its debut online approximately 2-months ago, the Airselfie has gone from concept to reality. Just to recap, it's touted as the world's smallest portable drone camera, measuring in at just 3.72 x 2.65 centimeters. This miniature flying machine has an integrated 5-megapixel camera, and thanks to small, yet powerful, fan propellers powered by brushless motors, it's capable of flying as high as 20 meters in the sky. You get an included 4GB microSD card to store your media, which is synced directly to a smartphone via its own 2.4GHz WiFi connection. The Airselfie comes with its own smartphone-sized case, which doubles as a power bank. Your smartphone is used to steer the drone with a 'virtual joystick,' to take selfies, or by turning your phone sideways to hold it like a regular controller. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of eight simple life hacks you can try today.

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Air Pack Drone

Amazon Prime Air may be great for occasional deliveries, but what if you just need to send a car key or wallet back to someone close by? Introducing the Air Pack. The drone is equipped with a GPS navigation system and 4G connectivity to ensure that deliveries can be tracked. Once activated, the recipient is notified, in which they will be able to accept or reject the delivery. After it arrives, simply tap open on the app, and you'll be set. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Airbus Zelator-28 Drone

The Airbus Zelator-28 is a dual purpose drone that is not only super-streamlined, but highly functional as well. It's designed for both deliveries and reconnaissance, while featuring a large cargo compartment as well as a nose-mounted camera. This machine can hovers like a copter, and fly fast in an efficient manner, similar to an airplane. Simply put, it's adapted for speed, and not just vertical climbing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Insectothopter Dragonfly Drone

Before mini drones, there was the Insectothopter, or a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency's research and development office in the 1970s. It was the size of a dragonfly, and hand-painted to even look like one. Power came from a miniature fluidic oscillator to propel the wings up and down at the proper rate to provide both lift and thrust. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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LEGO Drone

The DJI Mavic Pro is great for hobbyists and professionals alike, but for those looking to just get started with drones, Kitables has the LEGO kit that can easily be pieced together at home. "Many of you probably want to be a person who builds 'things' but don't know where to begin. Our kits offer an all-around better building experience that challenges both novice and experienced users," said the company. You can pre-order one now for just $50 on their Kickstarter page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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