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.