Tag - Drone
Apple is making good progress on the construction of its Campus 2 project, according to a flyover of the construction site by a camera-equipped drone. The latest look at the work underway at the future home of the company shows the last major section of the main ring-shaped building is being worked on, as well as some of the important infrastructure that Apple will use to its advantage, and an overview of the entire building site.
Drone producer DJI has made a number of announcements aimed at professional users, both for products used in the air and on the ground. The Matrice M600 drone is a professional aerial photography and videography drone capable of carrying a payload of up to 13.2 pounds, the Ronin MX is DJI's first universal aerial gimbal system that works with the new drone, and the handheld Osmo gimbal camera system will include a new camera option and the ability to make shots involving movement even smoother.
Drone piloting is a growing area of interest for many people keen to view the world from a new viewpoint high in the sky, but getting great video under these circumstances requires high-end but also expensive equipment. If you take part in the latest MacNN Deals giveaway, you can take to the air with the recently-released DJI Phantom 4 drone, a high-specification quadcopter, that one lucky winner will receive without having to spend a single penny.
DJI has unveiled the fourth generation of its Phantom drone line, one that adds new features as well as improves upon the previous model. The Phantom 4 arrives with an "Obstacle Sensing System" that uses a pair of sensors on the front and two on the base of the drone to create a 3D map of the area in front of it, allowing the quadcopter to stop and hover before an impact occurs, and in some modes, actively avoid the obstacle while moving onward to a final position.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deals lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you've ever thought about taking up drone-based photography but didn't want to shell out thousands for a high-end quadcopter, have a look at the World's Smallest Camera Drone, a flying machine that fits into the palm of your hand.
Hyper, a company specializing in accessories for a wide variety of Apple and Samsung electronics, has unveiled a new HyperLink 316L Stainless Steel Band for any Apple Watch version, but costs $70 -- $330 less than Apple's own similar band. The company also announced a new charging dock and USB power bank designed to resemble a watch gift box. Also announced today at CES was a new Belkin charging dock that includes it own integrated charger, and earlier this week researchers showed off a method to control drone aircraft using the Apple Watch.
DJI is making its drones more useful for industrial and safety-related purposes, by working with FLIR Systems to add a thermal imaging option to its camera range. The Zenmuse XT is a thermal camera designed for use with drones, one that is able to capture footage showing areas with high or low temperatures, making it useful in search and rescue operations, fire fighting, and for quickly inspecting crops on a farm.
Drone producer Parrot has revealed a new collection of land, sea, and air-based remote-controlled craft. A total of 13 MiniDrones have been announced, which consist of variants of two main flying drone types, as well as an update to its ground-based Jumping drones, and a Hydrofoil which combines the normal flying machine with a hull to create a fast-moving remote-controlled model boat.
Amazon's attempts to test its drone-based Prime Air delivery service on a larger scale are being carried out in secret in Canada, according to a report. The retailer has apparently tested out the drones outdoors in British Columbia on a frequent basis, in order to sidestep the restrictive rules that apply to commercial drones in the United States, hampering development of the potential service.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow that its recent FAA approval it received was for a drone that has since become obsolete.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE