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New quadcopter flies for 2 hours on batteries

A drone startup has devised a new quadcopter which can fly for 2 hours through the use of battery cells. The re-charge time for the drone is a little under one hour, making the drone useful for frequent use.

Warning against 'drone watching' over wildfires

Flying drones has become a popular pastime among many, especially as the cost of entry-level drones has fallen. There's a time and a place, however, and flying drones over wildfires is likely to get the owner in trouble.

Is now the time to invest in drones?

As companies are increasingly turning towards drone technology to solve big and small problems, considerable investment is being made in drone startups. The market now generates billions in revenue.

Augmented reality software helping in battle against wildfires

As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.

Electric vehicles and drones set to disrupt transport

Dublin - The wider use of electric vehicles and drones is among the technological innovations set to disrupt the transportation sector and aligned businesses in the near future, according to a new poll of industry leaders and consumers.

Drones and AI to be used in Massachusetts for solar maintenance

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and Raptor Maps, Inc. has signed a deal for the co-development of cutting-edge utility-scale solar asset management technologies that will optimize the field operations and maintenance of solar assets.

Controlling drones via voice command

Berlin - A new step with the evolution of drones: voice activation and voice control. This innovation is designed to make the use of aerial vehicles even easier. This functionality also reflects the application of drones in even more spheres of economic life.

Small military contract started an internal war at Google

A Google scientist warned in an internal email that the company's involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

Africa embraces digital farming

This month saw the inaugural East Africa Digital Conference and Exhibition, focused on realizing the benefits of the digital transformation of farming for the continent. This includes artificial intelligence and automation.

Digital transformation trends in agriculture

New technology is re-shaping the approach to agriculture and it can potentially deliver many benefits, including improved production. These innovations are particularly of use to low income countries.

New virtual training ground for drones

Boston - To become more effective drones need to be 'trained', using machine learning principles. To aid this, a new virtual reality training ground for drones has been established.

Construction firm PCL builds its digital strategy

The construction sector has been one of the most forward thinking in terms of digital transformation, especially relating to supply chain and with the use of drones. One lead example is with Canadian company PCL.

New array of drones to be tested in U.S. airspace

U.S. commercial drones, for a range of different applications, given the green light to fly across the U.S. by the government. Ten commercial drone projects in total have been approved.

Shark-spotting drones deployed along Australia's coast

Drones with equipment capable of detecting sharks are helping save stranded swimmers through sounding alarms. The drones are being used by lifeguards in Australia.

Drone display wobbles but breaks world record

EHang's fleet of 1,374 drones has broken the world record for the most drones in the sky at the same time within a given area. However, the attempted air show did not go to plan.

US to drop curbs on drone tech to boost arms sales

Washington - The United States dropped some restrictions Thursday on sales of its advanced drones in order to reinforce the armies of its allies and compete with China on the world arms market.

In Ivory Coast, 'drone academy' offers youth the chance to soar

Abidjan - "Drones have become my passion," says Noursely Doumbia, who holds a degree in electronics and is currently learning to pilot drones as part of a pioneering programme in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan.

Construction industry ready for take-off with drone technology

A wider use of drones in the construction industry is predicted over the next couple of years, according to industry insider Ian Tansey of ProDroneWorx.

Boeing’s prototype drone carries over 200 kilos

Boeing has launched the prototype of a new drone that has the capacity to carry much more than a camera. The new craft can carry a heavy payload, ideal for the transportation of goods over short distances.

Drones can transform the insurance sector

Unmanned aerial vehicles can help the insurance sector deliver faster services. Drones are being tested to carry out inspections of houses prior to claims being paid out.

Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles

Den Haag - Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective.

FAA reports civilian drone safety incidents are soaring

The number of reported drone safety incidents has grown dramatically this year, with close to as many mishaps in the first nine months of 2017 as there was in all of last year, according to the FAA.

Drones could help crop management take off according to study

The use of drones, unmanned aerial systems, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

Why farmers need advanced imaging: Interview Special

Today, farming and technology are becoming one. A key example is with imaging technology to help optimize crop production. To obtain an overview of the agriculture imaging technology sector we spoke with Ashwin Madgavkar of Ceres Imaging.

Using drones in large warehouses to prevent inventory mismatches

Boston - Drone technology is more often associated with outside activities. However, drones can also be used internally to a business, such as in a warehouse. Technologists have developed a system that allows aerial drones to read RFID tags tens of meters away.

Brain controlled drones within the next five years

Drones are well-established and used in a variety of fields. One downside is that using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, which presents a coordination problem. Researchers have a solution: brain control.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report by Ipsos Business Consulting highlights opportunities for the adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia. Agriculture drones increased 344 percent between 2013 and 2015, rising in sales from US$ 94.1 million to US$ 323.9 million.

Advances in AI will aid in autonomous industrial inspections

Avitas Systems has partnered with Nvidia to use artificial intelligence, drones and analytics to improve inspections of industrial infrastructure such as power lines, oil rigs and other sites.

Soaring commercial drone use heightens 'privacy invasion' fears

The surge in commercial drone usage risks the "invasion of privacy" and personal injury, according to a study released today. As the business applications of drones increase, the survey authors say new tailored insurance policies will be needed.

France to start using armed drones

Toulon - France unveiled plans on Tuesday to start using armed drones, joining a growing number of countries worldwide to operate the deadly unmanned aircraft.
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