BioCarbon Engineering is developing a semi-automated large scale reforestation system. It uses aerial drones to map and analyze land, plant seeds in a biodegradable pod, and monitor the plants’ growth. The planting drones can dispense up to 100,000 seeds per day.
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You can buy drones just about anywhere that sells gadgets these days, but once you learn to fly one, it doesn’t mean you can shoot good images. This online course will teach you everything you need to capture amazing videos and still photos with your quadcopter.
Make It Extreme doesn’t like drones spying on them, so they decided to do something about it, and fabricated an anti-aircraft weapon that uses compressed air to launch a net, ensnaring any pesky drones in its webbing. It seems a bit complicated, but it does the job quite nicely.
This compact drone folds up small enough to pack in a bag, thanks to its vertical design. It’s also got a 720p camera on board with a stabilization gimbal, and can be remotely viewed via Wi-Fi. Flight range is appx. 400 ft., with an 8 to 10 minute flight time.
AmazingDIYProjects spent countless hours building this crazy loud electric flying contraption using dozens of drone motors. He captured footage of the marvelous machine’s maiden manned flight. Second flight starts at 15:30, and POV footage at 22:30. (Thanks Rob!)
Designed by a group of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK, the Voliro is a hexacopter that has tiltable rotors, allowing it to fly parallel to walls, hover diagonally and even flip in place. The students also plan to give the Voliro an omnidirectional wheel for ground movement.
We knew that drones could go fast, but not this fast. Here’s some grainy first-person footage from flyer Patrick Gaborik’s incredibly fast miniquadcopter, which has been tracked at speeds up to 145 mph. The noise the motors make sound like it’s going to rip itself apart.
This tiny drone is designed to make racing easy for beginners, offering up high-speed flight, but with easy-to-use controls. It streams a 720p live video feed to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, offers 3 flying speeds, and automates flips and rolls for easy showboating.
A while back, we watched CaseyNeistat hang from a drone that lifted him off the ground, but this feat is even more impressive, as Aerones used their 28-propellor drone to lift skydiver Ingus Augstkalns from a tower to a height of ~1082 ft before he lept off. (Thanks Einarr!)
Watch the season fade in and out over a farm in this short and sweet time-lapse. Photographer Will Strathmann shot the footage intermittently from 2015 to 2017. He tried his best to fly his drone on the same path then aligned the clips to pull off the transitions.
Airvada is working on a drone with inflatable arms for ease of transport. The Diodon’s appendages can be inflated or deflated in just a minute. Its electronics are housed in a waterproof case for added durability. The drone will come in different sizes for various payloads.
(PG-13 Language) Paul Trillo teamed up with Aerobo to create this dark and dizzying short film in which a group of neighbors debate how to handle an unstable man who appears in their cul-de-sac. Incredibly, the entire film was shot in a single take using a drone.
Autel Robotics‘ top-rated X-Star drone matches the DJI Phantom 4 spec for spec, but for much less money. It packs a 4K/30 camera, a 3-axis gimbal, a 25m flight time, dual GPS/GLONASS navigation, and the ability to control and view flight from up to 1.2 miles away.
Researchers at EPFL looked to the soft wings of insects to create a drone that could solve one of their biggest problems. Its frame is made of 0.2mm fiberglass, which makes it soft and flexible. The rotors attach to the electronics with magnetic joints for added resilience.