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Anura Pocket Drone Looks Super Awesome

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Quadrocopters are all the rage these days. We’re calling them that now for those of you who take issue with them being called drones. You’re technically right, but hey, people are calling these toys drones so we’ll go with that too if you don’t mind. So, anyway, the Anura Pocket Drone packs a tiny low-res camera, is slightly larger than an iPhone, and can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge. That makes it appealing to anyone who wishes they could play around with a drone but have always been put off by their size. And the smaller ones usually lack a camera, so the Anura pocket drone solves both issues: it’s small, super portable, and has a camera! The four propellers fold in to the frame, which is what allows its small size. WiFi connectivity extends its range, as well as it allows it to stream video directly to your smartphone. That’s some pretty fancy functionality for a device that’s going to cost you a $195 pledge. But you’ll sadly miss the holidays, since delivery is expected for April 2015.

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Deal Of The Day: 23% Off On DJI Phantom FC40, The World’s #1 Rated Drone

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We’re sure you must have come across one of those stunning aerial videos, only to gripe about how ridiculously expensive the drones they use must be. Well, we’d like you to know that there are some models that are actually affordable. The DJI Phantom FC40 is a quadcopter that can shoot 720p/30fps HD video through its integrated camera. The WiFi connection can send a live feed up to 980 feet away, but the 5.8Ghz remote control can actually operate the vehicle as far as 1,640 feet away. Integrated stabilizers and dampeners keep the image steady, while an autopilot and a “go-home” GPS landing feature ensure that even beginners can take to the skies. And if 720p isn’t your thing, the housing can also accommodate other cameras, like GoPros.

Normally $649, the FC40 is now $499 with today’s deal.

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AirDog: Have Your Own Personal Drone Follow You Around And Film Everything You Do

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This is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a long time. AirDog is a system involving an HD camera-equipped quadcopter drone, and a ruggedized portable “leash” that you carry on your person at all times. In this fashion, you can have the drone follow you as you move around, filming your stunts from above. Since you have the emitter beacon (the AirLeash) on your person, it knows where you are exactly, and is able to keep the shot focused and somewhat centered in the frame. The camera is kept steady through the use of a gyro-stabilized gimbal, and produces some cinematic shots of incredible quality, at least if you judge by the sample footage.

The portable beacon has some controls on it which allow you to set the height and angle of the camera, while a smartphone app allows greater control over flight paths. There are a ton of presets, as well as the ability to create your own. You’ll get between 10 and 20 minutes of flight time, depending on speed, which maxes out at 40mph.

It’s a really fantastic system and unlike anything we’ve come across in this field. It won’t be cheap, sure, but if you pledge now you can get a $300 from its estimated retail price of $1,500. So that’s $1,195 for now, with an estimated shipping date of November of this year.

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Deal Of The Day: 41% Off On SKEYE Drone With Built-In Cam

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It seems everyone these days is getting a quadcopter drone, and why shouldn’t you? The SKEYE Mini Drone pictured above is about palm-sized but does carry a camera that will record directly to an SD card. We’re not sure what resolution or framerate, but at $99 you can’t expect 4K cinematic shots, people. Still, there’s a good amount of tech, including gyro-stabilization, and a remote control that’ll work up to around 80m. A 30 minute charge gives you about 8 minutes of flight time, which is plenty enough to get a bird’s eye view of, uh, the beach and stuff.

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Automated Drone Textbook Delivery Service To Launch In Australia

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It’s the start of the semester and you need your textbooks. You could go to the library and line up for hours to shell out hundreds of dollars on them. Or you could just launch an app, press a couple buttons, and have a hexacopter drone deliver rental books right to your location in a few minutes. That’s the service being launched in Australia with the partnership of Zookal, a textbook-rental service and Flirtey, the aerial delivery arm of the operation. The founders say their technology would let you get your books in as little as 2 to 3 minutes, and the drone would use the GPS coordinates on your smartphone to find you, as well as collision avoidance technology to navigate the skies safely. This is in contrast to the 2 to 3 days that deliveries regularly take.

They’re planning on launching in 2014 in Australia, since the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (the Australian FAA) has already allowed commercial use of drones for this type of activity. The FAA is lagging behind (what a surprise) so they’re hoping to hone their service there, before potentially launching stateside in 2015. They envision, quite reasonably we think, a future where same day deliveries are conducted routinely with aerial drones at a fraction of the time and cost, not just for textbooks but anything that fits within the vehicle’s payload.

[ Techcrunch ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

‘Stealth Wear’ is a Statement Against Drones and Intrusive Surveillance Systems

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In this day and age, people with the right hardware and technology could probably trace your location at any given moment. They could take images of you covertly, and it won’t matter if you’re out on the streets or in the office or in your private bathroom. Drones are everywhere, cameras line most street corners, and communications are easier to intercept now more than ever.

There’s reason for concern, and designer Adam Harvey isn’t afraid to voice out his with his newest collection called ‘Stealth Wear’, which is more of a statement than anything else.

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Japan’s Ball Shaped Drone Is Awesome

By David Ponce

The US’s military drones can do a bunch of things, but they aren’t the only drones in town. Currently in development by the Japanese Defense Ministry, the ball-shaped drone you see in the picture (and in the video below) can do some things regular drones can’t. Its spherical shape allows it to roll around the ground and land pretty much anywhere. It can takeoff vertically, but once in flight can deploy wings for forward travel at 60km/h (that’s 37 mph for you Yanks). If it hits an obstacle, it simply keeps on trucking like nothing happened (watch the demonstrator in the video slap it around some).

The prototype you see in the video was made with commercially available parts costing around $1,400. But that also means that it’s nowhere near final specification as production models will likely have parts engineered specifically for it. Consider this a proof of concept, so that 8 minute flight autonomy is more than likely to increase with later iterations. Currently it weighs 350g (12 ounces?) and is meant primarily as a reconnaissance craft.

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Canada’s Aeryon Labs Has Been Providing Drones To Libya’s Rebels

By David Ponce

While the fighting has not completely subsided, it appears as though Gaddafi’s regime has all but crumbled and the revolution in Libya was successful. Initially described as a ragtag group of disorganized youths, Libya’s rebels managed to topple the Colonel’s 42 year rule with the help of NATO… but also from a Waterloo, Ontario company called Aeryon Labs. They’ve been providing the Transitional National Council with the Aeryon Scout, a small surveillance drone which the company describes thusly:

The Aeryon Scout is a small, easy-to-fly man-packable flying robotic reconnaissance system design for operation in real-world, harsh conditions. It weighs just 3 pounds, packs into a suitcase or a backpack and can be quickly and easily deployed and operated by soldiers in the field. Instead of using joysticks, the Scout uses a map-based, touch-screen interface that allows new users to pilot the system in just minutes. The Scout essentially flies itself allowing the operator to focus on acquiring imagery.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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