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Imagine having your personal drone in the air for over an hour instead of just 20 minutes. Yep, longer runs, better videos, and more fun. Not to mention the commercial aspect of package delivery and search/rescue missions. Researchers at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) claim they have created a miniature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that can power cellphones, cars, drones, etc… The difference between older SOFC technology and this new version has to...

Let me start off with the unfortunate spoiler. This product is currently just a concept. A beautiful concept but a concept nonetheless. Video of the amazing transforming this egg does to become a quadcopter after the break.   ...

DJI is at it again and has just released their latest quadcopter the Phantom 4. The body looks similar but it is a total redesign. The big difference between the Phantom 3 and the Phantom 4 are the following – Longer flight time of 28 minutes (vs 23-25) Over 3 mile range Faster flight speeds Obstacle sensing system (2-49 feet) Improved camera New remote with 2 customizable buttons TapFly – Tap where you want the Phantom 4 to go and it will fly there with elevation awareness and  avoid obstacles. ActiveTrack -You click on...

Remember the Tokyo Drone Hunting Squad? Dumbest idea ever. Well, the Dutch are going to give Japan a run for their money. A new trial is underway using an amazing bird of pray, the eagle, to intercept drones that might be in the way during an emergency. Is this really that big of a problem? Maybe it is. The Dutch National Police are working with a raptor training company (Guard From Above) to teach eagles to recognize a Drone and grab it with its talons and...

On the same day that our “government” decides that everyone has to register their “drones” an R2-D2 drone hits the skies. The FAA is making it a requirement for people to register their unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Ridiculous in my opinion. I will rant alone loudly in my office about this while planning my move to another less repressive regulated country. The R2-D2 quadcopter on the other hand is pretty damn...

In more irrational drone fear, Tokyo is joining the shenanigans with a drone that can catch/snag other drones. Basically they are flying what looks like DJI Spreading Wings 900 which carries a 3 x 2 meter net. And no, this isn’t a joke. It should be, but it isn’t. Tokyo law enforcement officials will have a fleet of 10 of these netted hexacopters ready to protect government buildings by this February. Sounds good in theory but there is no way they would be able...

Fingers crossed that electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircraft become a reality. The folks at Joby Aviation agree and have started showing off their S2 VTOL concept. It has two seats, a convertible clear top, and 12 tilting electric propellers for VTOL and flight, and 4 efficient props for forward only power. Once the Joby S2 reaches cruising speed the 12 props fold away and let the four cruise-optimized props take over. Range is approximately 200 miles and speed...

Ever wanted to buy a drone/quadcopter for a curious first-time pilot but don’t know where to begin? There are tons of options from cheap quads that barely fly all the way up to higher end units with GPS and 4K cameras. No need to worry, there is a pretty solid option to let beginning pilots test the waters air.

Ok…Ok… The CyPhy PARC Drone (I hate the lose use of that term) can’t really stay in the air forever. Almost, though. The PARC hexacopter is what is known as a Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) drone. That basically means that it can stay in the air recording video day and night without the need of more fuel or a battery. So how does the PARC spy copter work? No magic here, sorry folks. It uses a tethered power/data source via a microfilament line. This tiny, very difficult to see, line feeds...

The Snap is another quadcopter entering the already crowded space. So, what makes the Vantage Robotics Snap any different, or better, than the rest? Well the main claim to fame for the Snap Quadcopter ($900) is that it folds up and is portable. But that isn’t all. The Snap has a gimbal stabilized 4k camera, protected blades, a folding design, camera/game controller controlled, and automated flying/videoing. Pre-order yours now and pray for delivery in Spring 2016. Video of...