Ring from Amazon is best known for their security cameras and doorbells, but today, they unveiled an autonomous flying indoor security camera drone. Officially called the “Ring Always Home Cam,” it provides homeowners with a variety of viewpoints throughout their home without having to purchase multiple cameras. Put simply, you’ll be able to see if any appliances were accidentally left on or just if the doors are locked, with this compact, lightweight, autonomously flying indoor camera. It has predetermined flight paths set by the user, providing greater visibility when no one is home. Read more for a video and additional information.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s new company, Anduril, has just debuted their AI-powered Ghost 4 military drone. It runs on the Lattice platform capable of handling complex missions and collecting all the data into an easy-to-view dashboard, enabling just one person to operate a swarm of drones. This artificial intelligence-based platform also lets it perform 32 trillion operations per second, making it 100 times faster than other drones currently on the market. Read more for two videos and additional information.
France’s Mont Saint-Michel is an island located just a few hundred meters from land and is accessible by foot at low tide. In its early days, it remained unconquered during the Hundred Years’ War, as a small garrison fended off a full attack by the English in 1433. Louis XI then turned it into a prison and was used regularly as such during the Ancien Régime. Read more for a magical fly through of Mont Saint-Michel by Benoit Finck.
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Amazon Prime Air has just received Federal Aviation Administration approval to start commercial drone deliveries of small packages. The online retailer has been conducting regular delivery drone tests since 2013 with the ultimate goal of using the flying machines to deliver items in just 30 minutes, first in low-population areas with packages weighing no more than 5 pounds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Caltech engineers revealed a new data-driven method to control the movement of multiple drones through cluttered, unfamiliar spaces, so they do not collide with each other. Obstacles that needed to be overcome in new environments include making split-second decisions about their trajectories despite having incomplete data about their future path and how not to run into one another. Read more for three videos and additional information.
It’s not everyday that you see drones putting on a light show, much less one reminding you to wear face masks, wash your hands and socially distance. That’s what happened in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. Around 300 drones were used to showcase motivational and awareness messages during this coronavirus pandemic. Read more for a video and additional information.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew an unarmed General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone over Minneapolis as protesters continue to protest against police brutality. It was first discovered on a flight tracking tool by members of the ADB-S Exchange, and is apparently surveying protests there. Read more for two videos about the MQ-1 Predator and additional information.
Created by the team at Drone Champions AG, this full-sized manned aerobatic racing drone, built to promote its Drone Champions League video game, features a full carbon airframe, complete with six arms extending outwards, each with a pair of coaxial rotors mounted at the ends. There is one central seat for a passenger, but without any controls, since it’s meant to be flown from the ground remotely by trained drone racing pilots. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boeing reveals the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft prototype designed for the Royal Australian Air Force. Their main goal is to extend and protect existing aircraft, making them the foundation for the global Boeing Airpower Teaming System aircraft to be developed for other global forces. It uses AI-powered systems to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft. Read more for a video and additional information.
FLIR Systems wins a $39.6-million order to deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to help aid the United States (U.S.) Army in battle. Theese nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems will support platoon and small unit level surveillance as well as reconnaissance capabilities for the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program. Read more for two videos and additional information.