No fad: Consumer drones will become a $1B global sector by 2018, economist says

BY TODD BISHOP A consumer drone capturing dramatic images of a fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. LAS VEGAS — If the recent holiday season seemed like a big one for drones, brace yourself, because it’s just the beginning. The global market for drones will climb to at least $1 billion by 2018, according to the latest […]

This Indiegogo-funded drone startup just raised $10M from VCs before its campaign has even ended

  December 30, 2014 4:30 AM The Ghost drone, which has raised more than six times its campaign goal on Indiegogo weeks before its deadline, has raised some even bigger funds. Ehang, the company behind Ghost, is announcing it has raised $10 million in new funding to expand its teams in China and Silicon Valley […]

The drones are coming but who’ll provide flight control?

  Network World|Dec 13, 2014 2:51 PM PT Drones are on the verge of becoming everyday service vehicles that will shuttle small items and eventually large ones between warehouses, retailers, and consumers as well as monitor traffic and agricultural operations, deliver pizza, survey building sites, execute search and rescue, …  the list of possible uses […]

iRobot founder Helen Greiner on drones, the FAA, and how to succeed in business without really flying

Helen Greiner didn’t just put the ‘robot’ in iRobot. Starting as an 11-year-old who wanted to build R2-D2, she achieved her a dream twice: after co-founding iRobot and ushering it to an IPO in 2005, Greiner left to create a second company, CyPhy Works, that builds flying robots.Greiner spoke at the RoboBusiness conference in Boston last week, and shared her views on […]

Drones to be used for cheaper structural checks

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by JOHN-PAUL HOLDEN Remote-controlled drones are set to carry out inspections of key buildings across the Capital in a bid to make structural checks cheaper. A “hexacopter” equipped with high-res camera has already been trialled in the Capital, with moves under way towards a city-wide roll out. The pilot, which took place at a carefully […]

3DR Announces Launch of the Dronecode Foundation

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From the beginning 3DR has been committed to open source development. This is the 21st century lesson in innovation: moving fast means moving together. To that end, we’ve proudly supported a vibrant global community of brilliant and selfless developers who over the past seven years have been responsible for some amazing achievements in aerial robotics, not the least of which is the APM/Pixhawk platform that’s […]

Interview with DJI: Future of the Phantom quadcopters

Quadcopters – or ‘small drones’ as they are also known – are enjoying a meteoritic rise in popularity. One brand in particular appears to have made a name for itself in the market. Just like ‘GoPro’ for many people has become synonymous to action camera, ‘DJI Phantom’ increasingly seems to be the first and indeed […]

Hollywood Drone Approval May Blaze Trail for Farmers: DOT

By Alan Levin Sep 25, 2014 2:15 PM CT A remote-controlled drone flies over the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, U.S…. Read More Score one for Hollywood. Six movie and television production companies convinced the Federal Aviation Administration that they are capable of safely using drones while filming scenes in the U.S., opening the door […]

USAA seeks OK on drone testing

By Lynn Brezosky October 2, 2014 8:56pm SAN ANTONIO — USAA on Thursday became the first insurance company to seek federal permission to test ways drones could expedite claim processing in disaster areas. The insurance and financial services company is seeking an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that […]

DHL drone will make deliveries to German island starting Friday

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By Chris Welch on September 24, 2014 11:05 am Starting Friday, DHL will use drones to deliver medical supplies to a small German island. The company’s quad-rotor “parcelcopter” will transport packages to the island of Juist, home to between 1,500 and 1,700 people, and DHL claims this marks the first unmanned drone delivery service to launch in […]