Flying a drone does take some skill, and we’re sure that many drone pilots at the start probably encountered a mishap or two. That being said, sometimes those accidents can be recovered from, but other times, you might have an incident where for whatever reason, your drone is lost during the flying process.
While consumer drones might not have been regulated at the start, they are now by various governing agencies around the world. The laws will vary from country to country, where in some places like the US, drone owners are required to register their drones (unless it weighs under 0.55 pounds) with the FAA.
If you were hoping to get your hands on a new DJI drone in the future, that might be tricky because the US government has since placed DJI on its Entity List, the same list that Huawei is currently on. This spells trouble for the drone maker as they might have some issues finding parts for its products.
When it comes to drones, it’s safe to say that DJI is pretty much the default choice for the most part. The company has created drones with built-in cameras that allows users to capture interesting videos and photos from new heights and perspectives, but it looks like DJI is about to get some stiff competition from Sony.
Consumer drones for the most part aren’t very big, which is a good thing in terms of portability. However, they are still big enough where it isn’t as simple as you packing them into a backpack and calling it a day, but if you are after something that small and portable, you might be interested to learn that DJI has since unveiled the DJI Mini 2.
The problem with the vast majority of drones is that they don’t last particularly long in the air. For regular users, it might not be that big of a deal, but when it comes to military usage, battery life could pose a bigger problem as it could affect things like surveillance missions and so on, but that’s something the US Army wants to change.
Due to the fact that home security cameras are becoming cheaper, easier to install, and easier to use, it’s not surprising that more people are starting to use them. For the most part, they get the job done, but who’s to say that it cannot be improved upon? That’s what Amazon is trying to do with its latest Ring home security camera.
The concept of drones raises mixed feelings in people. For some, drones are viewed as recreational devices where they can be used to take photos and videos, while others view drones as an invasion of privacy and also where they can be used in warfare to conduct surveillance on the enemy and also launch attacks.
We know that Amazon has had plans to use drones to help with the delivery of packages. The good news is that the company can now start doing so, at least on a trial basis as the FAA has basically given their approval and has granted the company an “air carrier” designation. This means that Amazon can now conduct trials for commercial drone delivery.
A lot of our gadgets are made using plastic. Plastic is not a very environmentally-friendly material, which is why there is a call to stop using disposable plastics like plastic bags you get at supermarkets, and also plastic straws. However, researchers over at Universiti Putra Malaysian (UPM) are taking things one step further by creating a drone made from pineapple leaves.
Drones are great for photography and videography, and since they’re relatively inexpensive, they’re easily accessible to many. However, some have also taken the opportunity to use drones for illegal activity, such is the case where over in Singapore, four suspects were arrested after it was discovered they were trying to smuggle drugs from Singapore across the border to Malaysia.
In the past, we have seen how companies like Apple have faced patent infringement lawsuits where the request is usually for the company to stop selling their devices and to prevent them from being imported into the country. It looks like DJI is now facing a similar situation of their own.
Taking out unauthorized drones from the skies usually involves shooting it down. However, the problem with this more conventional method is that as a result, the drone will fall uncontrollably and could hurt or damage people or property below it. However, an Australian company by the name of DroneShield thinks they might have a safer solution.
DJI is well-known in the drone community for its series of drones that they have been releasing over the years. It looks like the company is back with its latest drone in the form of the DJI Mavic Air 2, which comes with some pretty high-end features like the ability to shoot and record video in 8K resolution.
It is said that the coronavirus tends to affect the elderly worse than it does healthy younger individuals. As such, it is generally not recommended for those who are older to go out, even for supply runs. However, this in turn creates a problem, especially for retirees who might live alone and might need to go out to buy medicine.
Malaysia, like pretty much like the rest of the world, is currently encouraging its citizens to stay home. There is a movement control order in place where people are not allowed to leave their homes unless it is for essential activities, like buying groceries, going to see the doctor, and so on.
When you watch drone footage, it can sometimes look very epic and majestic, but the reality of filming with drones is that they can be incredibly noisy. If you’ve ever seen a drone being flown, you can definitely hear how loud it is, and this is a problem that UPS is looking to solve by working together with German drone-maker Wingcopter.
The problem with many drones these days, commercial ones at least, is that battery life is usually not particularly great. Some of the bigger models might last longer, but the smaller ones have flight times that can be embarrassingly short. However, researchers at Brown University think that they might have found a solution.
Apple isn’t exactly known for having military contracts. The closest they have ever gotten was when they teamed up with the Pentagon to develop high-tech wearables for the military. However, the company did find themselves with a military contract when they acquired AI startup, Xnor.ai.
Most small drones are based on a multi-copter design and use a vertical lift generated by the electric engines to fly and stay up in the air.