Drone camera gives Bel Aire homeowner new look at Christmas-lights handiwork

By Annie Calovich – The Wichita Eagle   Brad Moss’ house in Bel Aire is decorated for Christmas in a very satisfying, full way. Whereas most houses are partially outlined in lights, at his house at 5726 E. Perryton, every window, fence, shrub, eave – even the roof – is trimmed in lights. “Anywhere we […]

The robot overhead

After starting their career with the armed forces, drones are now entering civilian life—and creating concerns about safety  The Economist – Technology Quarterly IT IS called an “airborne sidekick” by its Latvian manufacturer, Helico Aerospace Industries. But technically AirDog (pictured above) is a flying robot, or drone. The brightly coloured four-rotor quadcopter autonomously follows at […]

Have Drone Will Travel

 Monday, December 1, 2014 Drones can quickly ascertain storm damage The long awaited FAA rules to keep the skies safe from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles takes a scorched earth approach by requiring operators to have a pilots license, which costs many thousands of dollars, and even then restricting flights to no more than 400 vertical feet […]

Drone pioneer on device’s advantages, challenges

Consumer drones are now a $450 million industry. Sales are up 45 percent in the past year, but their future is uncertain. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, one of America’s first drone manufacturers, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss safety and privacy with drones. Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/drone-pioneer-on-devices-advantages-challenges/

Bedroom-bound quadriplegic develops drone to see the world

Stuart Turner, who has spina bifida, uses head movements to pilot the camera-mounted flying device, thousands of miles from his Yorkshire home Photo: DAN ROWLANDS / MERCURY PRESS By Tom Brooks-Pollock, and agencies A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by […]

Velvet Underground’s John Cale and Liam Young Take Off with New Drone Rock Orchestra in London

As C Net states, the technological program includes a score of drones adorned with feathers, fringy rubbers balls and a 4,000 fake-nail disco suit flew over the heads of hundreds of patrons at London’s Barbican theater. And if the sound of drones couldn’t be more menacing, thus, the latest from the arts project could be a […]

This Drone Could Get To Heart Attack Patients Faster Than An Ambulance

Could drones make better EMTs than humans? Drones have officially made the military-civilian crossover. Now they’re doing everything from delivering pizza to protecting endangered animals from poachers. The latest application: heart attacks. Engineer Alec Momont works at the Technical University of Delft, one of the world’s leading drone research hubs in the Netherlands. This past […]

Menlo Park Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

by Dave Boyce / Almanac A drone like this one, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quad-Copter, is under consideration as an aerial assistant for firefighters of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District when fighting a significant fire or conducting a difficult rescue. The drone’s arms are about 4 inches long. (Photo courtesy of DJI Innovations.) […]

Northport begins using drone in emergencies

NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) – By Terri Brewer Northport Fire Rescue has been using a drone as part of its training for several months, but now, the department is beginning to use the drone in real emergencies. A tanker fire Friday marked the first time Northport Fire Rescue used the tool in a real-life situation. Northport […]

North Carolina high school uses drone to live-stream football game

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A small white object hovered high above the Green Hope field in Cary, N.C. The four propellers looked too delicate to power the device, which fought rain and wind to maintain its position 100 feet above two rival football teams. The game between Green Hope and Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.) was more than just a […]