Saturday, July 26, 2014

Phantom Shoots Short Video In Thailand

Located in the touristic bay area in Thailand is Koh Yao Noi, and although it located is near such populated areas it is one of the least developed islands in Thailand. Videographer Phillip Bloom took his DJI Phantom 2 with attached GoPro and took aerial footage of the small island, that only contains 18km of roads. The footage captured, along with the editing makes for a truly remarkable piece

Thursday, July 24, 2014

UAV Gets Aerials Of Everest Base Camp

A DJI Phantom user captured amazing aerials of the Everest Base Camp from April of this year. The air is thinner, creating a difficult environment for not only the humans, but also the UAV's. It appears the months of preparation, and crashing, seemed to have paid of and have provided a whole new aerial perspective of the Everest Base Camp.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Belize using UAV's to monitor illegal Fishing

Belize Fisheries Department has begun using drones to monitor the coastal shores for unlawful fishing. Pairing with conservation drones and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Fisheries Department has began testing UAV's to monitor the fishing usage along the coastal areas.  The UAV's are used to locate the fishing vessels that are operating illegally in the marine protected areas. The UAV's being used are capable of 60+ minutes of autonomous flight within a range of 30 miles. Belize is hoping that this usage of drones will prove to be a model for conservations methods while preventing unsustainable fishing in Belize.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Epic RC Car jump

McDonalds UK recently released a promotional video the showcased an epic RC car jump. The video show a RC car soaring over two semi trailers, before landing perfectly on a plywood ramp. Is it real? Probably not, but it still is a pretty epic idea.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drone that uses WiFi to find survivors

Most people consider their smart phone a daily necessity, like a wallet or car keys, and a group of students are hoping to use that mentality as a way to track survivors. When a mobile phone's Wi-Fi is switched on, the device emits data packets at regular intervals. The signal strength varies depending on the surrounding terrain, the weather or interference. Alone the signal is hard to pinpoint, making it difficult to find the signal's original location, but if taken from multiple locations calculations will allow for the approximate location to be found. Using a Wi-Fi antenna attached to a UAV, developers are hoping to be able to fly between different points to get the location of the phone, and hopefully the user. The beta tests have also included the drone tightening its location around a selected device in to indicate the signal's position. This technology could be a much needed tool after natural disaster, and shed alight to the many benefits of drone usage. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flying Eagle POV video!

In the French Alps an eagle with a GoPro camera attached to its back was able to capture amazing point of view footage. Flying above the Mer de Glace glacier and Montenvers Railway on northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif the eagle captures some footage like never before, enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amazon Air Requesting To Test Drones Outside FAA Testing Areas

Every since late last year Amazon has been in the news with their proposed idea of a new delivery option, prime air. Although some believe this idea will never happen, amazon still has every intention of testing this delivery method, but where the testing will occur is the questions now. The FAA has recently announced six drone test sites, but Amazon wishes to continue testing the prime air drones close to the research and development center in Seattle. Amazon submitted a petition for exemption to the FAA asking if it could start testing outside the designated test sites. If Amazon's exemption is granted the development and testing period will be speed up greatly. Amazon's request for exemption also states the progress they have made already, such as drones that travel over 50 miles per hour and can carry 5 pound packages; which is most of Amazon's products. The request to test closer to home, could make Amazon prime air reality in the near future.