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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...

Posted on Apr 28 2016 - 9:46am by Russ
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Hoverbike

If you haven’t heard of Colin Furze, give it time. He keeps making crazy ISH that goes fast, flies, and is generally fun. Remember the world’s fastest mobility scooter, that was also his “invention”. Well his latest bit of fun is a functioning hoverbike.

The hoverbike uses a couple of parasailing engines and propellers to fly. This story is best handled with videos, check them out after the break. (more…)

Consumer drones (quadcopters) continue to improve across the board. Cheaper prices, more features, better safety, and more are the order of the day. Another contender, Zero Zero Robotics from Beijing, has a pretty cool quadcopter named the Hover Camera. The Hover Camera is packed full of some innovative features. My favorite feature is that it weighs just 238 grams which means you don’t have to deal with the FAA. That alone has me reaching for my wallet. The Hover Camera Drone is also very small, about the size of a VHS cassette...

A bit Iron Man and a bit Green Goblin. Either way it is totally awesome. The Flyboard Air by Zapata Racing begins where the water-jet Flyboards leaves off. No more tethering to a jetski and tons of water. The Flyboard Air runs on what seems to be a jet engine (don’t quote me on that) and can fly for 10 minutes and up to 10,000 feet. Franky Zapata let me know if you need any product testers....