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Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

Every country has their own laws on drone flight. In Sweden at least, should one encroach on your personal space you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a rocket-propelled katana sword. Read More >>

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Build This DIY Cannon to Catch Rogue Drones

Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote’s commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems like a much safer solution. Read More >>

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Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss the World’s Fastest Drone Flying Faster Than a Sports Car

Watching first-person footage of racing drones makes it seem like the tiny craft fly somewhere close to the speed of light. In reality, due to the limits of their human pilots, they top at around 80 miles per hour. That’s incredibly fast, but the Drone Racing League managed to double that with a new world record speed of 163.5 miles per hour. Read More >>

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This Drone Can Rain Hot Dogs Down on Humanity

As is currently en vogue for any company making a product that ends up in consumers’ hands, US hot dog company Oscar Mayer is expanding its Weinermobile fleet with a phallic flying drone that can (supposedly) drop a single hot dog on someone not too worried about what they’re eating. If Silicon Valley had its way, we’d only eat things that fell from the sky. Read More >>

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This Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video everywhere you look. Read More >>

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Drones Are Giving Us Never-Before-Seen Close-up Views of Volcanic Eruptions

It’s not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there’s also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to capture amazing close-up footage of Guatemalan eruptions. Read More >>

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Watch These Drones Get Fried by Over a Million Volts

Tom Scott took a pair of DJI Phantom 3 drones to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they can manufacture lightning strikes measuring over a million volts. The goal was to see what happens to a drone were it to get struck by lightning while flown in a storm, and the results will probably surprise no one. Read More >>

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Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won’t Break When They Crash

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes, minimising the damage it takes. Read More >>

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NASA’s Supercomputers Reveal the Incredible Turbulence Produced By a Drone

If you’ve ever been blasted by the downwash of a drone when it flies over you, you know how much air four spinning rotors can move. But to help improve the design and flight characteristics of future drones, NASA had its supercomputers simulate what that air movement actually looks like, and it’s impossibly complex. Read More >>

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This Unbreakable Racing Drone is Perfect for Terrible Pilots

There’s a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions, and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls. Read More >>

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A Drone-Mounted Christmas Tree Is Easier To Take to the Curb After the Big Day

Sure, opting for a real Christmas tree fills your home with the wonderful smell of pine needles during the festive period. But getting its dried husk out of your home and onto the curb in the New Year can be a logistical nightmare: unless you have the brilliant foresight to mount your Christmas tree to a drone. Read More >>

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Life Would Be So Much Better If Drone-Powered Hammocks Were Real

There’s a lot going on in the world to be stressed about, but everything would be a lot easier to deal with if you could spend every waking minute of your life lounging in a relaxing hammock. It’s kind of a preposterous idea, until you remember that drone technology is pretty decent now. Read More >>

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Gold-Plating a Drone Is Officially the Worst Idea

Let’s be perfectly clear on this. Gold-plating anything, be it a phone, or a toilet, or a smartwatch, is a terrible and tacky idea. But gold-plating a drone is even worse, and it has nothing to do with aesthetics. Read More >>

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How Many Drones Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

“Work smarter, not harder” should be everyone’s mantra. Marek Baczynski certainly abides by it. Why else would he spend hours of trial and error figuring out how to get a drone to change a lightbulb? We can finally add ladders to the list of things robots will eventually replace. Read More >>

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Watch a Drone-Hunting Quadcopter Attack Its Prey

Now that everyone with a few hundred quid to burn can become an amateur drone pilot, we’re seeing quadcopters buzzing all over the place, including places they’re not supposed to fly. That’s where the drone-hunting Airspace comes in. Like a bird of prey, it hunts down other flying drones and knocks them out of the air. Read More >>