Engineer Mark Rober tipped us off to this impressive build by high school senior Stefano Rivellini. His flying machine uses four 90mm ducted fans concealed inside of a bent carbon fiber tubes. The result is a drone without the risk of injury from spinning fan blades.
If you have any doubts that flying drone near aircraft was a bad idea, watch this footage from the University of Dayton Research Institute, who recently conducted a test to see just how much damage a drone could do to an airplane wing at even a relatively slow flight speed.
Fed up with the terrible traffic in the Philippines capital of Manila, inventor Kyxz Mendoza decided to build himself a vehicle that he hopes to fly OVER the jams. His 16-rotor carbon fiber-wrapped metal drone has seating for one, and flies for up to 15 minutes on a 2.5 hour charge.
Yuneec’s Mantis Q looks like a great new affordable, user-friendly drone. It weighs only about 1 lb and can be folded when not in use. Its battery lasts up to 33 min. per charge. It can shoot 4K/30 or stabilized 1080p/60 video, and can be operated via voice commands.
Airlango’s aggressively priced drone has lots of video and photo features. There are automatic video modes, but it also uses object and facial recognition to frame photos and videos. It shoots 4K/30fps and slow motion. Its camera has stabilization, but only a 1-axis gimbal.
Parrot’s new Anafi drone folds into an incredibly compact package and weighs just 0.7lb. But it can shoot stabilized 4K HDR video and 21MP photos. It has a gimbal that provides not only 3-axis image stabilization but also 180º tilt. It can fly for up to 25 min. per charge.
High speed drone flyer jab1a convinced the guys at Exeter, UK track RaceWorld Karting to let him fly his quadcopter around and chase down their staff as they raced on their indoor track. The resulting footage is exhilarating and puts you right in the middle of the action.
Photographer Asif Rashid shares some beautiful aerial footage of his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, showing off some of the wonderful old structures in the Punjab capital city. And after you take the tour, be sure to stick around after the end credits for a special bonus.
To kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics, Intel launched 1218 drones, which formed the image of an athlete, then the olympic rings, as athletes mirrored the image below. The drone layer was pre-recorded for the live broadcast due to logistical issues, but it was still breathtaking.
Rctestflight shows off some eyepopping desert aerial photography, the most impressive of which are the nighttime shots starting at 1:09. They used multiple drones – one to capture the imagery and another to provide illumination using a powerful 1kW LED light source.