Sprint turns drones into cell towers - CNET Drones In The News New Drone Technology 

Sprint turns drones into cell towers – CNET

Sprint tested its cell tower-on-a-drone technology in Texas last week. Sprint is taking cell service airborne by mounting lightweight cellular radios to drones. The wireless carrier said this week it has successfully adapted its Magic Box signal boosting technology to fit on a drone to provide temporary cell coverage up to 10 square miles. The company tested the set-up, which uses a lighter version of the mini cell tower and a drone from CyPhy Works, last week in Texas 30 miles outside of Dallas. Sprint launched the Magic Box earlier…

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Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates Commercial Drone Applications New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates

Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates. Image-processing systems combined with specially created algorithms allow the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once, while they are moving. The drones could be deployed in nursing homes, on hospital wards and in war zones. One expert said it could be “game-changing”. The system detects movements in human faces and necks in order to accurately source heart and breathing rates. In trials, the drones took measurements from a distance…

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New Laser Defense System That Destroys Drones Anti-drone Technology New Drone Technology 

New Laser Defense System That Destroys Drones

Think of futuristic or sci-fi warfare and chances are a half-dozen movies featuring laser weapons come to mind. There’s something about bullets that just screams, so last century, right? American defense and aerospace company Lockheed Martin certainly thinks that’s the case, and they’re investing in a new laser defense system dubbed ATHENA or Advanced Test High Energy Asset to prove it. It uses nothing more than a good ol’ high-energy light beam to take down its targets, and in the clip below those targets are ten large unmanned drones. ATHENA’s…

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How drones will change the world in the next 5 years New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

How drones will change the world in the next 5 years

The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be hammered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and computing market. A growing ecosystem of drone software and hardware vendors is already catering to a long list of clients in agriculture, land management, energy, and construction. Many of the vendors are smallish private companies and startups — although large defense-focused companies and industrial conglomerates are beginning to invest in drone technology, too. In a report from BI Intelligence, we take…

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The Marine Corps wants to 3D print cheaper drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

The Marine Corps wants to 3D print cheaper drones

In three minutes, the Scout drone is assembled. One minute more, and it’s airborne, tossed by a Marine. The flight is short, maybe 20 minutes at the most, but the information gained is valuable, a real-time video of just who or what, exactly, is behind that building a mile down the road. With the area surveilled, the aptly-named Scout drone flies back, and suffers a rough landing, snapping a wing. No matter. The squad can print another back at company HQ after the mission, and have it ready to go…

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DJI drones are getting an offline mode for secret flights Drone Products and Reviews New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

DJI drones are getting an offline mode for secret flights

Although the army did not elaborate on its memo, it’s thought the decision may have been spurred by DJI’s data collection. You see, the company’s DJI GO 4 app reportedly uploads details of flight records by default — including telemetry, video and audio — to its servers in the US, China and Hong Kong. It also doesn’t help that hackers have previously shown they can break into the app and fiddle with the drones’ flight elevation restrictions. For its part, DJI told The NY Times it hasn’t been in touch…

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Drones Helping Fight Pollution Commercial Drone Applications New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Drones Helping Fight Pollution in a Massive Chinese Factory Town

Drones are regularly used in infrastructure inspections, agricultural monitoring, and safety and rescue operations. And not just in America; this is also the case in the Chinese city of Dongguan, revealingly known as the world’s factory for the amount of manufacturing that happens there. According to the Xinhua news agency, the amount of market entities (read: factories) registered in this city surpassed 900,000 earlier this year. Naturally, this makes it extremely difficult for environmental inspectors to observe all the factories in regards to safety standards and unlawful disposing of chemicals….

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This Drone Can Pinpoint a Specific Package in a Giant Warehouse

Manually scanning inventory in a giant warehouse is extremely time-consuming and prone to mistakes. But with a new system created by scientists from the MIT Media Lab, drones might one day do the work for us. And even better, they’ll do it more efficiently and accurately. A prototype created by the scientists can catalogue items instantly as the drones fly up and down the aisles. They called the new system RFly, which involves two novel features: A custom-built circuit board that can be mounted on many existing indoor drones, and…

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Protect Delivery Drones from Grocery Thieves New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

New Technology to Protect Delivery Drones from Grocery Thieves

It’s a problem only the 21st century could bring: how to stop people nicking their neighbour’s groceries from a self-driving delivery drone. Starship Technologies is currently running trials of its autonomous rovers, which trundle along the ground carrying goods to order, in Greenwich. At the moment, the vehicles have a single compartment to transport items. This is locked during the journey and can only be opened by the recipient via a smartphone app. In the future, however, according to a European patent, neighbourhoods will be hooked up to hyper-local social…

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The Dark and Light Sides of Latest Drone Technology

Drones, the small flying machines carrying cameras, have become a modern-day blessing and a curse for law enforcement and scientists. “The thing that can kind of keep you up at night is somebody using it to harm people. We’ve seen that already,” said Larry Satterwhite, Houston Police Department’s assistant chief over homeland security. Drones have become easily accessible to consumers at relatively low costs. Law enforcement officials and researchers said people are using them to harm others. Drones as threats “There are actual cases in the United States and in…

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