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The delivery via drone dream is a cool idea but has many hurdles to overcome. The biggest one is the range of said drones. I don’t imagine we will see drones delivery from warehouse to homes/businesses anytime soon. With that said, UPS’ latest approach seems like a great idea. The plan is to have a drone mounted on the roof of the UPS truck that does out-of-the-way deliveries while the driver continues doing their normal route. When the drone has delivered the package it comes back to the truck and lands for new packages...

  Update as of 1/12/2017. After raising nearly $34-million in funding and pre-orders the Lily Drone Project is dead. Refunds to come for those who placed pre-orders. As much fun as it is flying/controlling your own quadcopter/drone there are times when “follow me” technology is the way to go. I think that is one of the biggest downfalls of the other quadcopter in the market that don’t offer this tech, like the new DJI Phantom 3. The Lily...

Unfortunately it looks as if the selfie is here to stay, so you might as well improve your selfie game. This tiny quadcopter hopes to take a few users away from the infamous selfie stick. The AirSelfie is small enough that it fits inside of a cellphone case. Simply pop it out of the case and have it fly up to 66-feet away where its 5MP camera can take pictures or video. The pictures are stored onboard with 4GB’s of memory.  Flight...

Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this one. It is either the best or the worst idea. The premise behind The Sunflower Labs system is that you have outdoor sensors (Sunflower Smart Lights) that look like typical accent lights. These Sunflower Smart Lights sense movement and/or vibrations and alert the drone Flying Camera to checkout the potential intruder. The Sunflower Home Awareness System has me...

If you happen to be a quad-copter and Star Wars lover then this fun toy will check both boxes. The Air Hogs Star Wars Speeder Bike Remote Control ($149) is basically a quad-copter fashioned to look like a Speeder Bike. Awesome. The Air Hog Speeder Bike RC is gyro-stabilized,...

I had no idea that Yamaha was in the UAV business despite the fact that they have been at it for decades. These aren’t your typical play drones, they are built to get work done. The Yamaha Fazer R, and the Fazer RG2, can be used for crop dusting (up to 10 acres), surveying,  photography, or other industrial jobs. These are an evolution from the past version, the RMAX. The latest Yamaha Fazer R makes 20.6kW of power from its two-cylinder engine. There are several attachment options depending on what type of work you plan on using...

Surfing on waves is tough. Kite surfing is an entirely different type of “tough”. Kite surfers have to be able to manage the board and the kite at the same time. Tricky stuff. Leave it to gadgetry to solve this problem by having a powerful remote controlled octocopter as the engine. This 8-blade RC copter is pulling a board surfer along at some pretty impressive speeds. The copter they are using in this video is a Freefly System Alta 8 ($18,000). Ouch. The Alta 8 is typically used for flying around professional video equipment. Video...

DJI is crazy about drones. Crazy in a good way. They are like Apple, making one hit product after another. Their products have solid user interfaces, clean designs, and great packaging. DJI is now doubling down on their commitment to these flying quadcopters with a 15,000 sq ft training facility in Yogin, South Korea. The idea is that new users can fly, indoors, and practice their flying skills in a semi-safe environment. There are LED lit hoops, safety nets, and even a maintenance room for repairs and charging. This facility isn’t...

A Youtuber, AmazingDIYProjects, shows off his 8-blade giant copter. This octocopter uses eight gas engines and a remote control to fly. Pretty amazing and certainly scary. I hate to think what would happen if a motor or two fails. Hoping this becomes the commuter car of the future. ...

Xiaomi is known for making inexpensive smartphones and sells quite a few of them in China. Now they are throwing their hat in the drone arena with their latest product, an affordable drone. The Xiaomi Mi Drone might be full of the latest technology but we will have to wait for more details. One thing that is obvious, is that they copied plenty of design cues from DJI and Yuneec. The Mi Drone will...