“Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cra——oh fuck watch out for that drone!”
DJI just made a weird but ultimately sensible announcement. The next firmware updates for all of its drone models will require users to log into the website for a “new application activation process.” If you don’t, DJI will turn your drone into a lame hunk of plastic that barely flies.
Toyota wants you to stop calling it boring, and dang it, Toyota is going to give some hipster kids money to build a flying car in order to prove its coolness. The goal is to get a prototype in the air by next year, with four rotors helping lift it off of the ground. But wait, no, this actually sounds like a drone.
Drones are buzzing around the sky delivering products to customers, snapping videos and photos and conducting search and rescue missions, making it necessary for all of these high-flying machines to be regulated with their own air traffic system set to launch by 2025.
Today Google founder Larry Page showed off Kitty Hawk, a new startup company that bills itself as making a much-anticipated “flying car,” and... it’s not really a flying car. It does look fun, though?
No one really knows the environmental ramifications of scrapping hundreds of thousands of cheating diesel Volkswagens. That’s scary in and of itself. But the sheer scale of what’s going on is hard to imagine, and while you’ve probably seen still shots of the various places where those hordes of VWs are parked, this…
U.S. General David Perkins told an audience at a military symposium recently that a U.S. ally shot down a $200 drone with a Patriot missile, usually used to take down Iraqi Scuds. He said the drone “did not stand a chance against a Patriot,” according to video of his remarks. No shit. Of course it didn’t.
Yes, it is a shotgun, and yes the system is called SkyNet.
One week after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, the United States has announced it is permanently deploying attack drones to South Korea for the first time.
The U.S. Air Force has announced that it is officially moving to retire the MQ-1 Predator drone in early 2018 with the newer MQ-9 Reaper drone to better address its combat needs. The Predator has served as both a vital tool for the U.S. troops and symbol of modern warfare itself, but the drone—and how it was used—drew…
Ford has made it clear it’d like for urban cores of the future to be armed to the teeth with high-tech gadgetry, and while that seems highly implausible for now, the automaker’s self-driving delivery concept is certainly interesting. Called “Autolivery,” the idea involves self-driving vans and drones to make it easier…
Ukraine’s military was already severely overmatched against the Russian-backed rebels it began fighting in the east back in 2014, and its drone forces have proven to be spectacularly subpar. At the beginning of the war, the Ukrainians used Soviet-era Tu-143 “Flight” drones. They were so ancient that they didn’t have…
Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned? UPS knows because it recently bungled a delivery drone demo in front of a bunch of reporters.
The most famous rally in the world ran last month, the deadly Rallye Monte Carlo, in the French mountains above Monaco. These are the among the most challenging roads in the world, and you need to see them from the air.
If you’ve ever been blasted by the downwash of a drone when it flies over you, you know how much air four spinning rotors can move. But to help improve the design and flight characteristics of future drones, NASA had its supercomputers simulate what that air movement actually looks like, and it’s impossibly complex.
Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a DJI Phantom, you can learn the basics of flying a quadcopter with this $24 toy drone from Aukey. Trust me, if you can fly this thing, you can fly a GPS-equipped, gyro-stabilized camera rig. And if not, well, it’s not like crashing it will be that big a deal.
DJI’s Mavic Pro is shockingly smart, totally portable...and nearly impossible to find. But B&H has it up for preorder today as part of a $1200 bundle, with limited quantities.
We spend a lot of time playing with gadgets at Gizmodo. A lot! Very few actually impress us, but 2016 did deliver some great gear we actually liked. These are our favorites.
When you read in the news that China stole an American unmanned drone submarine from us right out of the water, it sounds pretty alarming. What is the drone sub they stole? Are they going to find out all kinds of state secrets? Will they reverse-engineer the robo-sub and turn it against us? While nobody likes to have…