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Submission + - 'Projector Drone' shows sky no longer the limit for video projection. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: The ‘Projector Drone’ is capable of beaming news, games and advertising over the walls of a city near you.

The proof of concept vehicle is able to fly for 12 minutes at a time, features its own on-board data storage and a 500 lumens projector. The company is already working on more sophisticated features, including live streaming data, pan and tilt projector controls and ultrasonic sound capabilities.

Submission + - Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: The incident was first reported by Mick McCaffrey in the Sunday World. The newspaper reports that prisoners ran towards the drone and one of them was seen swallowing some of the packages contained in it.

It is expected the man will be charged with possession of illegal drugs but it is unknown where the drone was being controlled from or who was flying it.

Submission + - African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London.

It is marketing the device as a “riot control copter” that can tackle crowds “without endangering the lives of security staff”.

But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea.

Submission + - Drone crashes on roof of Dallas Cowboys stadium (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. Its owner knows its there as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back.

Submission + - Drone lands on roof of Dallas Cowboys Stadium (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. The $1300 quadcopter is currently sitting on the roof. Its owner knows this as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back.

Submission + - Eagle vs Drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: The team are flight testing a small prototype system capable of ‘surfing’ updrafts around large buildings. The prototype system is called the RMIT Kestrel. The glider in the video is an Alula being used for data collection.
The six month research project brings together leading research into the modelling and analysis of airflows around structures with advanced sensing, and guidance algorithms.

Submission + - 3D pen doodled drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Another week another amazing mini quadcopter. Until now I had been dismissing the 3D printer pens that keep popping up in my Google ads as nothing but a toy. I had not had the vision to see how they could be used to actually make things. More fool me.

This is simply fantastic

Submission + - Biodegradable multirotor, grow your own drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Sometimes something obvious comes along in the multicopter world. The next step must be to genetically modify the carrots so that they grow into the frames shape. A grow your own drone scheme no less.

Submission + - Now Skype Drones, Toivo Annus invests in UAV Factory (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Toivo Annus, the co-founder and former Head of Engineering at Skype led the private investment. Toivo is an experienced investor who will bring not only new investments to UAV Factory, but also valuable expertise of growing early stage high tech companies into large organizations with strategic thinking and vision. In his recent interview from Tallinn, Estonia, Mr. Annus said, “I am very excited to participate in the first round of private investment with UAV Factory. I strongly believe in UAV Factory growth potential and dominan position in the long endurance UAV marketplace”.

Submission + - Parrot unveil new AR Drone, the Bebop (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Slated to come out in 2014 the Bebop is first to market with an interesting gimbleless camera stabilization process the camera is a f2.2 fish-eye lens with a 180-degree angle of view and a 14-megapixel sensor. A built in GoPro if you will.

It can capture video at 1080p full HD resolution; the AR.Drone 2.0 was limited to 720p. Video is recorded to the Bebop's 8GB of internal storage (there's no microSD or SD card slot) in MP4 format. The extra pixels allow users to digitally pan and zoom the picture. The camera is soft mounted to resist camera shake physically aiding image stabilization.

Submission + - Coke drones, Happiness from the Skies (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Coca-Cola Singapore and Singapore Kindness have deployed multirotors to deliver messages of thanks and a coke to workers high above city streets. A very well made advert from the people at Coke. Video at the link.

Submission + - From the too ugly to fly department, military drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has received government approval for and has released the Black Knight Transformer first driving and flying test video. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a number of future aircraft designs that leverage Advanced

Submission + - Crashed drone rescue, Grand Canyon (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: In my opinion Christopher should have fessed up to his actions with the park authorities and they might have sent somebody roped up and suitably equipped to recover the Phantom from the tree.

It’s a great video, well made and interesting. Christopher, it’s not worth endangering the lives of others that might be involved in the recovery of an injured person in a compromised position or worse still a body.

Be careful out there people, your systems are just stuff. If you look through the video comments another YouTube user had the same experience at the Grand Canyon and his Phantom was stolen before he could get it recovered by a climber. Perhaps DJI should extend their no fly zones to include national parks.

Submission + - $250K police drone crashes into Lake Conroe (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: “Divers did go down to look for it. They are still looking. It went down in deep water where there is a rocky bottom. Visibility is also a problem because of sediment at the bottom of the lake,” Fitzgerald said.

The mini helicopter which weighs around 49 pounds and, in a military setting, could be fitted with a single- or multiple-shot 40mm grenade launcher, 25mm Grenade Launcher or 12 gauge shotgun, according to Vanguard Defense Industries.

Submission + - North Koreas drone, made in China. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Its no surprise that the UAS found in South Korea is of Chinese origin. The charmingly named Taiyuan Navigation Friend Aviation Technology is in Asian terms just up the road from Pyongyang being 1200kms away in the capital of Shanxi province, Taiyuan.

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