Start up company Staaker has just released their action-sports auto-follow drone on pre-order, and it's looking poised to become a major success that will turne...
Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79684 [post_author] => 47258 [post_date] => 2017-07-14 15:53:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-14 19:53:12 [post_content] => A few years ago, NASA Langley Research Center developed a new technology called Safeguard. This software system monitors and lowers the risk of any remote-controlled drones flying into no-fly zones, including airports and military zones. The agency recently determined that it is safe to use in tests and demonstrations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljHfuC-GiEsSafeguard offers a virtual safety net program that allows drone users to set the flying perimeters. If the drone goes beyond the authorized perimeters and does not turn back, the safety net will send the drone crashing to the ground.Generally, it is a more accurate system to track drone's movements, compared to geofencing which uses GPS signals attached to autopilot. If the GPS loses its signal, geofencing will lose its effectiveness to keep the drone from going beyond no-fly zones. However, Safeguard uses algorithms and does not rely on the external data stream.NASA is planning to bring Safeguard to the market. It is a more reliable system for drone users to prevent their drones from getting killed.[via WIRED, featured image via Leigh Miller] [post_title] => This NASA Technology Can Remotely Crash Your Drone [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => this-nasa-technology-can-remotely-crash-your-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-14 14:53:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-14 18:53:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79684 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79635 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-07-11 11:17:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-11 15:17:17 [post_content] => With a wider wingspan than a Boeing 737, Facebook's Aquila—a remote-controlled, solar-powered drone intended to bring internet to remote parts of the world—has successfully landed since its first test run this time last year.Aquila, which is Latin for eagle, has a slim design with a wingspan over 130 feet wide. Facebook's aim was for Aquila to "break the record for the longest unmanned aircraft flight." To maximize Aquila's time in the sky, Aquila's body is mainly composed of carbon fiber, making it weigh less than 1,000 pounds. For the most part, Aquila is self-sufficient but it relies on a ground crew, consisting of engineers, pilots and technicians who direct, maintain and monitor the aircraft. The crew also has the ability to directly track Aquila or send it on a GPS-based route.https://youtu.be/gbkTh_s-AL0In the first run, Facebook only planned to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but after it performed incredibly well, they left Aquila up in the air for 96 minutes until the plane was scheduled to land. When Aquila landed, it ended in failure on a structural basis, causing Facebook to have to backtrack on Aquila's design.For Aquila's second flight, Facebook took notes from Aquila's first to make proper modifications, such as adding "spoilers" to the wings to increase drag and lessen lift during the landing process. Aquila engineers added new sensors to the body, put in new radios, upgraded the autopilot software, smoothed out the exterior, and included a horizontal propeller stopping mechanism to ease the landing process even more.Martin Luiz Gomez, Facebook‘s director of aeronautical platforms, says Aquila has "no landing gear in the traditional sense. Aquila lands solely on Kevlar pads bonded to the bottom of the motor pods."For its second test flight, Aquila lasted in the air for 46 minutes before Aquila "landed perfectly" according to Gomez. Facebook seeks to break the record of the longest flight of an unmanned aircraft, but for now, has plans on improving Aquila to break said record. Zuckerburg says he dreams one day Facebook will have a fleet of Aquilas flying over 60,000 feet in the air, communicating with one another using lasers and staying up for months at a time—a flight that has never been done before.Facebook added a post to their engineering page about the second flight here.[via Composites Manufacturing] [post_title] => Watch Facebook's Giant, Solar-Powered Drone Fly and Land Perfectly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => watch-facebooks-giant-solar-powered-drone-fly-and-land-perfectly [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-11 11:19:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-11 15:19:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79635 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79584 [post_author] => 47255 [post_date] => 2017-07-06 14:19:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-06 18:19:50 [post_content] => This week on Good Mythical Morning (GMM), crew members Mike and Alex put a drone to the test with the "Pizza Drone Challenge."Mike and Alex, who gained popularity via the GMM audience, and are now hosts of their of YouTube Show, Ten Feet Tall, which is uploaded to GMM’s third channel, This Is Mythical.In this challenge, Mike and Alex put their drone flying abilities to the test, using different colored pepperoni slices to indicate different pizza toppings, which range from absurdly weird to tasty. It is up to them to land on the right slice, in order to indulge in a pleasant-tasting pizza.Throughout the almost 12-minute long video, they take turns guiding each other over the pizza platform. Each round, the pizza toppings change and each topping corresponds with a different color on the pizza landing platform. Ranging in foods from mushrooms to muskrat, their drone landing skills have to be nothing but accurate.On GMM, the regular host's, Rhett and Link (who are currently filming for Season 2 of their YouTube Red series, Buddy System) have an unlucky history of eating things out of the norm. Ranging from spiders, to pigs feet, it's no shock that Mike and Alex will be dealt a rough fate if landing the drone on the wrong spot.Watch the video above to see if Mike and Alex’s drone skills were enough to keep them from eating the nastiest and strangest pizza toppings. Some would argue that even when pizza's bad, it's still pretty good, but in this case, that's far from accurate. [post_title] => YouTube's Latest Drone Challenge Found a New Way to Ruin Pizza [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => youtubes-latest-drone-challenge-found-a-new-way-to-ruin-pizza [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-06 14:19:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-06 18:19:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79584 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79284 [post_author] => 47251 [post_date] => 2017-06-27 11:58:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-27 15:58:01 [post_content] => Have you ever seen two drones flying through the and wondered what it would be like to see them race? Well, there's a league for that, the Drone Racing Leage, founded by Nick Horbaczewski. The DRL launched in 2015 and continues to expand year after year, creating elaborate, colorful courses for their racers to fly through in first-person heats. The league has professional backers like BMW and ESPN and now, owner Horbaczewski has earned himself another $20 million in venture capital funding.The money comes as a tremendous show of faith in the direction that Horbaczewski and the rest of the DRL is taking the sport. He is by no means the only league trying to legitimize drone racing, but the money raised shows that there's real interest in taking the sport mainstream. Although some may lament the way that the company is becoming a corporation, racer Paul Nurkkala compares the process to the way that skateboarding was legitimized in the 70s. Sometimes forming a league is the surest way to expand the game to a wider audience and start making money for those taking part.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpgGQCv642oRight now, the bulk of those that turn out for a race are men in their early to mid 20's, but as the DRL continues to garner support, more people are taking notice. It’s quickly becoming a popular outing for families and friends to come hang out and see the future of aerial sports. The new season kicked off on June 20, and boasts a larger roster with updated courses and new sponsorships. If you've ever wanted to see drone control at its finest, check out the league’s website here—it's quite impressive.[via TechCrunch] [post_title] => Drone Racing League Raises $20 Million in Venture Capital Funding [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => drone-racing-league-raises-20-million-in-venture-capital-funding [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-25 14:43:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-25 18:43:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79284 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78794 [post_author] => 47251 [post_date] => 2017-05-31 12:25:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-31 16:25:51 [post_content] => Flying your drone could soon become a lot more dangerous for the explorative user. According to a document obtained by The New York Times, the Trump Administration is seeking authority to "track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection." The document is a 10-page draft and summary of legislation, reportedly circulated by the executive branch among several congressional committees on Tuesday. It's also reported that a classified briefing for congressional staff members will be held today to discuss the topic. Concerns of drone use are becoming more common as the devices fly further into the mainstream. Notable incidents include a crash into empty seats during the 2015 U.S. Open, several crashes near the White House, and a slew of crashes in National Parks that could have potentially caused damage protected environmental sites. Last Friday in Washington D.C., however, a federal appeals court shot down the ruling for drone users to be required to register their drone through an FAA national database, but it seems that the topic of civilian drone use is far from settled in Washington.Law enforcement isn't alone in the fight again the misuse of drones. Earlier this week, major Chinese drone manufacturer DJI released an update that forces all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app. If users don't comply DJI will diminish flight performance by disabling live-streaming and drastically cutting range.In a statement on the company website, DJI said: "This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same."Reckless drone flight is a surely growing issue that should be addressed, but this level of government intervention may be detrimental for educated professionals or hobbyists. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.We will update this post as more information regarding the recent summary of legislation develops. [via The New York Times] [post_title] => The Trump Administration Wants to 'Track, Hack and Destroy' Your Drone [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-trump-administration-wants-to-track-hack-and-destroy-your-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-31 12:25:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-31 16:25:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78794 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78618 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-05-22 15:02:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-22 19:02:06 [post_content] => Drones have been sweeping our nation's airspace in recent years, but with this popularity comes a multitude of users who are uninformed when it comes to flying rules and regulations. This has sparked a number of controversies, from people shooting down drones flying over their houses to environmental issues due to accidental—and potentially harmful—crashes in national parks.Eventually, a court ruling was set in motion that would require hobbyists to register their drones with the FAA—until now.Last Friday in Washington D.C. a federal appeals court shot down the ruling for drone users to have to register their drone through a FAA national database accompanied by a $5 copay. For not registering, consequences would induce fees and possible jail time.
"The FAA now works to repeal the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which rules drones as being 'model aircrafts.'"
The FAA registration rule has been in the works since Dec. 2015. Drones are considered by the FAA to be "model aircrafts" which they have no jurisdiction over—a federal ruling put in place back in 2012. As the appeals court order works to rid of the FAA registration rule, they plan to jumpstart a national drone registration solely for recreational use.To develop the registration rules, the FAA acquired a committee comprised of representatives from Google and Amazon. The FAA then created a website where drone users could register and access videos regarding safe flying. The website then fronted users a registration code with which they were required to place on the body of their respective drone.[caption id="attachment_78626" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] screengrab via FAA[/caption]The FAA now works to repeal the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which rules drones as being "model aircrafts."The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), an aviation nonprofit, agreed with the court's ruling. In a statement, AMA president Rich Hanson reduced drones to toys, saying "federal registration shouldn’t apply at such a low threshold that it includes toys."Hanson holds the belief that drone registration should be kept as being community-based, where federal registration has no means to be involved. AMA works to bring a community of drone hobbyists together and encourages hobbyists to register through the AMA website.
"China-based DJI, the current largest drone producer, praised the FAA's registration system initiatives."
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a drone and robotics advocacy non-profit, disagreed with the ruling, citing that national airspace use comes with responsibility and accountability and needs a platform to promote those ideals.AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne says he plans to work with Congress to create a system that sets out to ensure accountability in the aviation community though manned and unmanned protocols.China-based DJI, the current largest drone producer, praised the FAA's registration system initiatives.The rule only applies to recreational use of drones as businesses must still comply with commercial guidelines, such as using drones to inspect cell towers.[via Fortune, featured image by Greg Neumaier] [post_title] => Registration Shot Down For Recreational Drone Use [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => registration-shot-down-for-recreational-drone-use [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-22 16:07:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-22 20:07:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78618 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76780 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-03-07 14:30:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-07 19:30:58 [post_content] => It's a car! It's a plane! It's a drone! It's a train! Actually, it's not just one of these things, it's all of them fit into one. Airbus, commercial aircraft inventors, revealed at the Geneva International Motors Show that they have created a new conceptual car-drone project called Pop.Up. This transportation concept allows those controlling the vehicle to switch from car to drone, drone to car, and more.The Pop.Up. vehicle looks just like a Smart car in size, but is definitely more versatile. Airbus calls it a "passenger capsule," which is able to attach to a drone, become a self-driving car or fit onto a train. Other than the size of the capsule, its sleek style has been engineered with the collaboration with Italdesign, previously behind the designs for the original Volkswagen Golf, BMW, Alfa Romeo and more. This video below shows how Pop.Up. would work for customers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7pFnMNFwDcThe vehicle is controlled by artificial intelligence, and like Uber and Lyft, a person is able to order one to pick them up at their location. And based on the destination, they can drive, fly or ride a train in comfort and style.“Adding the third dimension to seamless multi-modal transportation networks will without a doubt improve the way we live and how we get from A to B,” Mathias Thomsen, general manager for Urban Air Mobility at Airbus said in a statement. "Successfully designing and implementing solutions that will work both in the air and on the ground requires a joint reflection on the part of both aerospace and automotive sectors, alongside collaboration with local government bodies for infrastructure and regulatory frameworks.”The drone-car looks like it came straight out of a video game or the futuristic world of The Jetsons. If the invention takes off, this could dramatically change transportation. The time it would take to get from one destination to another would decrease, and since the car doesn't run on gas, it would be breath of fresh air amid the global warming crisis.The cost to ride one of these vehicles doesn't look too expensive, based on its concept video, making it a perfect option when on the go. Of course, this isn't the first self-driving, drone car ever created, but is definitely one of the more innovative concepts we've seen.[via The Verge] [post_title] => Futuristic Vehicle Concept Fuses Self-Driving Cars With Drones [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => futuristic-vehicle-concept-fuses-self-driving-cars-with-drones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-07 13:47:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-07 18:47:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=76780 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76571 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-03-01 13:00:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-01 18:00:29 [post_content] => Snap Inc., the company formally known as Snapchat Inc., is gradually shifting away from solely being an app for fleeting photos, funny filters and 24-hour stories, and apparently, carving a path into the photo industry with the introduction of a drone.According toThe New York Times, three anonymous sources revealed Snap has created a drone for users to expand their photo-taking and story creating abilities. However, the details of the drone are said to be confidential. There is no information on its release date or if it will be available for consumers, but Snap is reported to make a public statement sometime this week.Last year, the company presented its Spectacles, which allow users to take short video clips through the sunglasses. They also rebranded a bit by changing its name to Snap Inc., and have added a ton of new features to its app, like the Discovery page. If one thing's certain, it's clear that Snap is attempting to stand out in an where rapidly evolving, especially when it comes to videography.[caption id="attachment_76574" align="aligncenter" width="979"] Screen grab from Spectacles by Snap Inc.[/caption]Even more, according to Snap's public offering prospectus for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the company stated, "We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way that people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together."An initial public offering announcement for the product is expected to come sometime today, and on Thursday, the stock will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the NYT, it is set to be the biggest technology I.P.O since Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba, in 2014. The I.P.O. is expected to value Snap at over $20 billion.With the new Snap drone, Snap is bridging the gap between social media and videography, two increasingly popular sectors that new companies are fighting to dominate. But the photo/video world is a tough sell when it comes to drones, so ultimately, it's the product that will determine the company's success. We will update this article when more details becomes available.[via The New York Times][Featured image via Wikimedia Commons] [post_title] => Is Snapchat Really Building a Drone? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => is-snapchat-really-building-a-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-01 14:40:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-01 19:40:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=76571 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75792 [post_author] => 47235 [post_date] => 2017-02-09 17:25:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-09 22:25:02 [post_content] => GoPro’s much-awaited Karma drone didn't really launch with great success. Moments after introducing what should have been one of the company's new flagships, it had to be universally recalled over issues that would cause the drone to fall out of the sky without warning. But just three months of looking into the issue seemed enough to solve the issue. It's now listed as a product on GoPro.com again, and will be available at the end of March on B&H. But Krispyshorts already got his hands on one, and he dedicated his latest vlog to some extensive field-testing.Turns out, the re-released Karma drone might just become GoPro's new flagship after all. First of all, it's small, light and very easy to assemble. It also comes with a very convenient remote control. No more attaching your phone to a cable to a controller—it's all there already! You'll also find a handheld gimbal in your drone case, for when you feel like doing some ground shooting.But when you get a drone, you obviously want to take it flying first. In Krispy's case, that meant taking it to New York City's West Side Highway.First conclusion: the Karma drone is surprisingly maneuverable. Krispy calls it "probably one of the easiest drones I've ever flown." But maybe even more important, is the surprisingly superior image quality. It shoots photos up to 12MP with 30fps burst mode, time lapses, and has a RAW file option and Wide Dynamic Range mode. When it comes to video, you can shoot up to 30fps in 4K, up to 80fps in 1,440p and up to 120fps in 1,080p—ideal for slow motion stuff.Then, it was time for some intense handheld gimbal field-testing.We once again see some impressive footage quality and equally impressive stability. Whether it's jumping off banisters or Vespa'ing on some of New York's shakiest cobblestone roads, the GoPro never disappoints.Both in the sky and on the ground, GoPro's re-released Karma could very well be a game changer. Everything in this drone case will make you look like you know what you're doing, even if you're not an expert. And all you need is $1,099. Check out Krispyshorts' full vlog to find out why it's really worth considering. [post_title] => GoPro's Re-Released Karma Drone Was Field-Tested and the Results Are Remarkable [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => gopros-re-released-karma-drone-was-field-tested-and-the-results-are-remarkable [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-09 17:25:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-09 22:25:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=75792 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 6 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75356 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-02-06 12:09:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-06 17:09:25 [post_content] => Lady Gaga's halftime performance this Super Bowl LI Sunday was definitely one everyone who watched will remember. She sang her iconic hits from the last decade, including "Just Dance," "Poker Face" and "Telephone," all well dancing, playing the keytar and piano, and doing aerial acrobatic stunts across the stage. But aside from her stellar presence on stage, in the sky, drones also caught the audience's attention.Intel provided 300 drones for the show, all choreographed perfectly to form an American flag, the Pepsi logo, as well as the logo for the tech company. Each drone is a foot long, eight ounces, and has a plastic, foam body. Oh, and it's practically covered in LED lights.This was the first time in Superbowl history where drones were used for a halftime show performance, however according to an article for The Verge, the drones were not flying live due to Federal Aviation Administration restrictions.https://twitter.com/intel/status/828430024411713536https://twitter.com/intel/status/828431556171534337The FAA didn't allow Intel to fly the drones live during the performance because they prohibit them from flying within a 34.5 radius of the NRG Stadium, which is also near Houston Hobby Airport's traffic control station. The administration also believed it would be dangerous for the drones to be doing flips and tricks hundreds of miles approximately 80,000 spectators below. In addition, there are also rules that restrict bar drones from hovering too high.Because it was the Superbowl, the FAA did make an exception, as long as the drones were not flying live during Gaga's performance. So, Intel's solution to this dilemma was to pre-record the drone light show and project it behind Gaga to the audience.Intel began in December, giving them only a few weeks to prepare the light show. According to a Wired.com article, the creative team faced some obstacles while figuring out how and where they were going to choreograph 300 drones. Once aware of the FAA restrictions, they no longer had the option of flying them inside the stadium or onstage with Gaga, so they settled on an American flag arrangement, as well as forming both the Intel and Pepsi logos outside the stadium. Although a brief appearance, the drones' production coordinated with Gaga's concert very smoothly, and left the audience dazzled.This is not Intel's first time running a drone show, though the Superbowl was the drone team's first televised event. Prior to Feb. 5, Intel broke a world record for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously in Sydney, Australia with their 500 Shooting Star synchronized drone show on Oct. 7th 2016. Recently, the group ended their three-week show at Disney World. Here is a behind the scenes video of how Intel pulls off these jaw-dropping stunts.https://youtu.be/aOd4-T_p5fAMissed Lady Gaga's outstanding performance? No worries, here's the video where you can watch how Gaga and Intel stunned the millions of Superbowl fans.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCJGcDDNtms [post_title] => Drones Used for the First Time in Super Bowl Halftime Show History [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => drones-used-for-the-first-time-in-super-bowl-halftime-show-history [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-06 12:17:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-06 17:17:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=75356 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75133 [post_author] => 47235 [post_date] => 2017-02-03 11:21:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:21:30 [post_content] => I had never flown a drone before in my life, so when I received an invitation from B&H to attend an exclusive DJI event I couldn't really say "no." The drone giant would be presenting their two new flagships—the Inspire 2 and the Phantom 4 Pro—on February 2 at BathHouse Studios in Manhattan's East Village.The middle of the room featured two tables, one for each drone (with leaflets and signs full of specs nearby of course), while drone footage was projected on a the wall. B&H and DJI sure knew how to welcome their guests, but would they also let me fly a drone in Manhattan?But before any of that, Michael Perry, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, came out and basically regurgitated the press releases that had been sent out months ago, and this would have been a very boring half hour had I read my editor's coverage (Phantom & Inspire) before coming here. Fortunately for Perry, I hadn't (sorry, Jaron!), and here's what stood out from his talk:The Phantom 4 Pro has a 20MP 1-inch sensor capable of capturing 4K videos at 60fps with a 100Mbps bitrate—an insane increase since the Phantom 4's 60Mbps, not to mention the upped frame rate. It stays in the air up to 30 minutes and flies at a maximum 31 miles per hour with full obstacle avoidance in five directions. The controller also no longer requires you to use an iPhone or iPad, but comes with a built-in screen that has has an impressive level of brightness (1,000 nits- iPads run at about 400-450 nits). And all of that comes with new and updated flight modes.High-end aerial image makers are already marveling at DJI's Inspire 2. The thing that struck me the most in this aerial beast was that it not only comes with a high resolution "main" camera, but also with a second two-axis camera that allows the pilot to always see where the drone is going while a photographer or videographer does the actual shooting. Additionally, the drone's max speed and battery life got a much-needed bump and the Inspire 2 can also be controlled from —brace yourself— up to 4.3 miles away.That's all very impressive, but I came here to fly a drone, and for that I had to go to the Bathouse Studios patio on the third floor. A DJI representative was waiting for me and quickly offered me his Phantom 4 Pro controller. I sensed mild panic emanating from him when I told him it would be the first time ever I would be flying a drone, but we went through with it anyway.And it was awesome.When they say that the Phantom 4 Pro is "easy to fly," they do actually mean it's easy to fly. I was the type of kid that even struggled to correctly use my PS1-controller back in the days, but I had mastered flying this drone within minutes. Like someone said in the presentation room: "it's like flying remote control helicopter, only a 1,000 times easier."My drone swiftly zoofed up and down and from left to right, and rotated lithely when I asked it to. It was, simply put, impressively agile. All the while, the screen consistently showed me high quality footage. A 4Kp30 video or a 20MP RAW photo? I had it all at my fingertips.The drone's stability was another amazing thing. Winds were gusting pretty hard where we were standing, and we were even surrounded by buildings. My Phantom 4 Pro must have been battling much stronger winds many feet above us, but still showed perfectly stable footage.Unfortunately, I didn't get to fly the Inspire 2. But since no one else did either, I'm guessing it probably was too risky for DJI. I also noticed that my controller screen was not the built-in one Michael Perry was talking about earlier, but an iPad mini. Not that that really mattered—any screen that shows me my very own New York City skyline drone shot, is a good screen.I took a selfie too:There were about a dozen vloggers present at this demonstration, so I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find some video footage of the event on YouTube. I will surely be keeping my eye open for it, so I can relive my first flight experience.I kind of want a Phantom 4 Pro now. Time to ask my boss for a raise. [post_title] => I Flew a Drone for the First Time, Off the Patio of a Manhattan Studio [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => i-flew-a-drone-for-the-first-time-off-the-patio-of-a-manhattan-studio [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-03 11:21:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:21:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=75133 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75058 [post_author] => 30241 [post_date] => 2017-02-01 17:12:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 22:12:29 [post_content] => GoPro is confident that the problems that plagued the GoPro Karma have been solved, as the much maligned drone is back on the market today. The drone was pulled from store shelves and universally recalled from all owners last November over issues that would cause the drone to fall out of the sky without warning.According to the Verge, at a small press meeting at CES this year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said that they were "a little bit embarassed that it was something as basic as a battery retention issue," and that, "at the same time we’re relieved that we can show the world that we do understand drones, we do understand the technology, and that it was an unfortunate mechanical engineering slip-up that led to the recall of Karma.”The Karma is again listed as a product on GoPro.com and is showing to be available at the end of March on B&H.The Karma was hit with the unexpected competition of the DJI Mavic last year, which many reviewers found to be a lot more reliable than GoPro's much-awaited drone. Some even went so far as to say that it wasn't just not as good as the Mavic, but it wasn't really as good as any other modern drone of the same class (or even those heavier and bulkier like the Phantom 4).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xmqthgCvxkNot long after the announcement of the Karma recall last year, GoPro said they would be cutting their workforce by 15% amid sliding sales, and their stock has not improved much since that point last year. Hopefully the Karma's second shot at flight will help a company searching for anything to pull them out of the slump. [post_title] => Three Months After They Recalled All Units, GoPro's Karma Drone is Finally Selling Again [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => three-months-after-they-recalled-all-units-gopros-karma-drone-is-finally-selling-again [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-01 17:12:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-01 22:12:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=75058 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73588 [post_author] => 30241 [post_date] => 2017-01-12 11:21:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-12 16:21:35 [post_content] => What was once heralded by us, among many others, as the greatest idea in drone development has slowly spiraled back down to earth. As of today, Lily, the flying camera, is winding down business operations and closing up shop. As Lily puts it, the "adventure comes to an end."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObDvc1saMr4Once the first brand to give us the best concept for a "follow-me" drone, and still the only one that would fly when thrown, the Lily simply couldn't keep competing in a costly space. Most of what made Lily unique has been released in numerous drones by DJI, and in contrast Lily failed to get their unit out on time, repeatedly missing deadlines.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec1EF2UaQ4UThose who invested in Lily will be receiving their refunds within the next 60 days, and if you've changed credit cards since buying a Lily, you will need to fill out this form in order to assure you get your money back.Here is the letter issued to the public that was published this morning:
January 12th, 2017
Dear Lily community,Antoine and Henry here from the Lily team. When Lily set out on the journey to create a flying camera over 3 years ago, we were determined to develop and deliver a product that would exceed your expectations.In the past year, the Lily family has had many ups and downs. We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our Beta program. At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds. Over the past few months, we have tried to secure financing in order to unlock our manufacturing line and ship our first units – but have been unable to do this. As a result, we are deeply saddened to say that we are planning to wind down the company and offer refunds to customers (details below).We want to thank you for sticking with us and believing in us during this time. Our community was the drive that kept us going even as circumstances became more and more difficult. Your encouraging words through our forums and in your emails gave us hope and the energy we needed to keep fighting.Before we sign off, we want to thank all the people who have worked at Lily, who have partnered with us, and who have invested in us. Thank you for giving your all, nights, weekends and holidays, in the effort to deliver a great product.After so much hard work, we are sad to see this adventure come to an end. We are very sorry and disappointed that we will not be able to deliver your flying camera, and are incredibly grateful for your support as a pre-order customer. Thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to get this far. We hope our contribution will help pave the way for the exciting future of our industry.Sincerely,Antoine and HenryLily FoundersRefund Details:Lily will be offering a refund to customers over the next 60 days. We will be initiating refunds to the payment card used for the original transaction (no action is required on your part; please allow 14 days for the refund to appear on your statement).If the card you used is expired, please fill out this form so we can work with you on providing a refund by other means (e.g., PayPal or check).[Via DIY] [post_title] => Lily Drone to Wind Down Business Operations, Will Be Issuing Refunds [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => lily-drone-to-wind-down-business-operations-will-be-issuing-refunds [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.lily.camera/adventure-comes-end/ [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 14:45:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 19:45:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=73588 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72875 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-12-20 15:21:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-20 20:21:36 [post_content] => Casey Neistat has done a lot of crazy shit over the years. He's jumped into sink holes in the Middle East, flew in an attack helicopter over Afghanistan, and stood at the edge of the Devil's Pool, an infinity pool next to a 300 foot cliff in Africa, with his teenage son. Not to mention the time he "almost died" while climbing Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the southern hemisphere, with no preparation, training, porters or guides. But now he's at it again. After much anticipation for his 2016 holiday video, he's done something no one has ever done before, but this time, it involves much more than nature; it involves technology.
"It's a drone, it's really a drone!"
Earlier today, he posted a video called, "Human Flying Drone," an appropriate title for the filmmaker's latest stunt: snowboarding with a massive drone powerful enough to lift a human into the air. The video, sponsored by Samsung, opens with a clip filmed by vlogger Jesse Wellens—who claimed internet fame through the viral BFvsGF and PrankvsPrank channels—showing Casey being carried over the roof of a ski hut by this custom-built machine, which is, of course, fully decked out in Christmas lights.Throughout the video, we see Casey being pulled by the drone as he snowboards across an unnamed ski resort, hitting jumps to the beat Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya.' "It's a drone, it's really a drone!" he says into the camera. The video culminates to one final, absurdly huge jump that carries Casey an estimated 100 feet into the air, followed by an epic pink cloud emitted from a pair of smoke bombs fastened to his feet.In the description of the video, there's a link to BTS footage shot by Jesse and posted on PrankvsPrank. Let's look a little closer at how exactly this was done.First, the BTS video reveals this was shot in Finland over the course of four days, while the drone took over a year to build. It's also noted that the camera Casey is holding throughout the video—and the one mounted on the drone—is the Samsung Galaxy Gear 360, a 4K action camera designed to "democratize VR content." Second, it's revealed that Casey's entire body is fastened to the drone, so he won't fall from the air if he loses his grip on the handle. But what if he catches an edge before leaving the ground? Well, at least he's had some practice.There's no denying that this holiday video delivered every bit of ambition and excitement that was promised. However, in some ways, it's a bit out of character for the Youtube star. Often in the past, and specifically when he began his daily vlog, Casey talked a lot about ceasing his work with brands on sponsorships and advertising. This video, though, is blatantly sponsored by Samsung, ending with a thank you note that reads: "Thank you Samsung for keeping us on the front line of technology and innovation." This comes almost exactly one month from announcing the end of his daily vlog in light of a media partnership with CNN. It surely raises some questions.As we move into 2017, the strategy behind internet videos and social media has never been in a more peculiar place. Jerome Jarre is redirecting millions of dollars from marketing budgets to humanitarian causes. JerryMedia, founded by the likes of FuckJerry and KrispyShorts, is the first-ever agency offering influencer marketing directly from influencers themselves. And then we have Casey, who's launching a full-scale media company funded by CNN as he's carried into the sky by a giant drone dressed in santa suit for Samsung.But if one thing's for certain, it's that 2017 will be an interesting time for content creators and influencers. The internet is a vast place, with still so much room for something great to happen, branded or not. [post_title] => Casey Neistat Flies Over Ski Resort Harnessed to a Giant Drone [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => casey-neistat-flies-over-ski-resort-harnessed-to-a-giant-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-01 11:49:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-01 16:49:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72875 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69805 [post_author] => 30241 [post_date] => 2016-08-24 11:53:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-24 15:53:53 [post_content] => Earlier this year at NAB, the team at 3DR unveiled the ability to shoot 360 degree aerial video with a combination of their Solo drone and the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K camera. That combination is now available for purchase for $999.https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLdqV8BIuik5jzLa0aUal1egqVaDqYy5SX&v=G7dwiim7IpQThough imperfect, this is the first widely distributed and easy way to get aerial drone 360 degree footage. When I first heard about this, I was a bit confused on how it would work, seeing as the Solo has four legs that would get in the way of a hanging camera. This setup goes around that problem by using two cameras in conjunction, one on top and one on bottom.
There’s one camera on top of the drone and one on the bottom, attached with a wrap-around vibration-isolating mount made to Solo’s specs. (Video is also stabilized electronically.) This ensures you’ll capture smooth and immersive 360 VR video in vivid 4K.
The package includes fully automated stitching software specifically for Solo aerial video, a remote control, and a mount. The cameras record on Micro SD, Micro SDHC or Micro SDXC cards, with up to 128GB support (cards not included).
This all sounds great, and it's not even that expensive for what the possibilities of the device are. Unfortunately, I'm still hesitant for two reasons. First, the demo video they showed isn't particularly "smooth and immersive." The footage is choppy, and you can definitely feel the wind as it's moving the camera thanks to no physical gimbal on either the top or bottom camera. The second reason is that the video... just isn't that good. The quality is sub par. Even at 4K, the footage just looks blown up, with actual pixels visible throughout, and the stitching could use some work as there are quite visible lines in pretty obvious places. The Kodak camera also appears to have a hard time moderating highlights and shadows, with many places blown out, such as the clouds and sky.
It's a good start though, and improvement is surely on the horizon.