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Drones

Double Exposure: NYC

Double Exposure: NYC

By duplicating and inverting aerial footage shot over New York City, filmmaker Humza Deas created a wild and wondrous new cityscape that’s grounded in reality but also completely surreal. The track is Periphescence by Glowworm.

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

BBC Earth captured this awe-inspiring footage of thousands of young athletes practicing Shaolin Kung Fu. While most of the shots here appear to have been captured by drone, they say their formations can also be seen on satellite imagery. From the series Earth from Space.

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PowerUp Dart

PowerUp Dart
$40  Buy Comment

PowerUp’s R/C paper airplane kit lets you perform tricks. Use the Dart’s app to do a barrel roll, a loop, an Immelman turn and more. The motor can propel paper planes up to 25mph, and you can even attach landing gear. Save $10 in The Awesomer Shop.

2018 DJI SkyPixel Drone Photos

2018 DJI SkyPixel Drone Photos

DJI’s photo- and video-sharing website SkyPixel recently held a contest for drone photos and videos. The subjects included architecture, nature, people and sports. Visit the website to check out all the winners and other submissions.

MetaFly Winged Drone

MetaFly Winged Drone
$78+  Pledge Comment

The MetaFly is a winged remote-controlled toy that flies and glides like a bird. It’s agile and safe enough to use indoors. But it’s also flexible and tough enough to withstand the outdoors. It lasts up to 8 min per charge and goes up to 11 mph.

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE Drone

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE Drone
$499  Buy Comment

From Xiaomi’s Fimi brand comes an impressive foldable videography and photography drone. The X8 SE has a 12MP Sony sensor that shoots up to 4K/30fps video. It also has a 3-axis gimbal, tons of smart photo and video modes and a 33min flight time.

Building a Drone-proof Drone

Building a Drone-proof Drone

Maker Peter Sripol plans on participating in DroneClash – a sort of BattleBots for drones. In this clip, he shows off the design and work that went into his ultra-sturdy machine that looks more like flying pizza box than a drone, but should do a great job fending off enemies.

PowerUp FPV

PowerUp FPV
$79  Buy Comment

PowerUp FPV turns paper airplanes into drones. It can stream footage from its 640×480 camera to a mobile device up to 300ft. away, so you can see what it sees. It flies up to 20mph and lasts 10min on its hot swappable battery. Save over 40% in The Awesomer Shop.

X-Tankcopter Drone

X-Tankcopter Drone

Xerall’s X-Tankcopter drone weighs just 0.27 lb and has durable treads and arms. It’s equally agile on land and on air. You can make it drift, spin and climb small obstacles. It lasts up to 15 min per charge. It comes with a remote control and a smartphone headset attachment.

At the End of the Cul-de-Sac

At the End of the Cul-de-Sac

(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.

Saur

Saur

Fly among the dinosaurs in Robert McIntosh’s latest short film, which takes us on a rapid tour of the Natural History Museum of Utah, courtesy of a 2″ micro drone and a GoPro Hero 6 camera, carefully piloted through the bones of Earth’s prehistoric residents.

Star Wars Propel Drone

Star Wars Propel Drone
$50  Buy Link Comment

Live out your rebel fighter dreams with this X-Wing Fighter drone — it zips around at 35 miles per hour, pulls stunts with the press of a button, plays movie sound effects, and even fires safe infrared lasers to battle opponents.

Light Painting with a Drone

Light Painting with a Drone

Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.

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The Foldable Drone

The Foldable Drone

The University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group have developed a drone that can autonomously change size to fit through tight openings. The result is a stable quadrotor which can more reliably access disaster sites, improving search and rescue operations.

Low Earth Orbit

Low Earth Orbit

Hong Kong video production company Visual Suspect created this awesome time-lapse footage by sending a drone into circular flight trajectories around Folegandros Island, Greece, resulting in a unique and awe-inspiring perspective on the world below.

Astro Elroy Passenger Drone

Astro Elroy Passenger Drone

Astro’s Elroy is a single-passenger electric drone. All you need to do is to enter your destination and it will do the rest, though it also has on-board controls for manual override. It can carry up to 265lb, go up to 44 mph and lasts 25 min per charge.

The Omnicopter

The Omnicopter

Engineers from ETH Zurich developed this innovative cube-shaped drone which can generate force in any direction, allowing it to more easily change directions, and fly with greater agility than traditional UAVs which have all of their fans oriented at the same angle.

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3
$150K  Buy Link Comment

Hoversurf is now taking pre-orders for its Hoverbike S3. The flying motorbike has a carbon fiber body, three-bladed carbon fiber propellers, and a battery that lasts up to 25min in pilot mode. It goes up to 16ft high and has a maximum speed of 60mph.

Ural Air Motorcycle

Ural Air Motorcycle
$18K  Buy Link Comment

Ural’s limited edition Air motorcycle comes with a DJI Spark drone, which is housed in a 3D printed bin on the nose of the sidecar. The sidecar also has also a fixed mount for the drone’s remote control. The motorcycle is limited to 40 units.

Formula Drift x GoPro HERO7

Formula Drift x GoPro HERO7

This smoke-filled Formula Drift video is some of the most spectacular driving footage we’ve ever seen. Watch as drone flying expert Johnny FPV shows off a little bit of what the Hypersmooth image stabilization can do in GoPro’s new HERO7 Black camera.

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Bladeless Drone

Bladeless Drone

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.

Lighting by Drone

Lighting by Drone

We’ve seen before how strapping bright LEDs to a drone can create a sweet UFO-like effect. Brooklyn Aerials used a 1600-watt light attached to a Freefly ALTA 6 drone in a different way – to illuminate the fall foliage in sharp contrast the the darkness of night.

Drone vs. Airplane Wing

Drone vs. Airplane Wing

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.

DIY Flying Car

DIY Flying Car

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.

Spry Waterproof Drone

Spry Waterproof Drone
$769+  Pledge Comment

Swellpro’s Spry is a drone that can float on water and even dive briefly. Its remote control is also waterproof. It flies for up to 17 min per charge and goes up to 43 mph. It can take up to 4K/30fps videos and 12MP photos and has electronic image stabilization.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom
$1249-$1449  Buy Link Comment

The upgrade to DJI’s stellar Mavic foldable photography and video drone comes in two variants. The Mavic 2 Pro has a 20MP Hasselblad camera, while the Mavic 2 Zoom has a 12MP camera that can switch from wide to telephoto on the fly.

Yuneec Mantis Q Drone

Yuneec Mantis Q Drone
$500  Buy Link Comment

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.

Mark Drone

Mark Drone
~$238+  Pledge Comment

The Mark Drone is a compact photography drone that’s packed with beginner friendly features. It requires no calibration and can fly up to 20mins per charge. It can memorize routes, take automatic video shots and can be operated with voice and gesture controls.

Airlango Mystic Drone

Airlango Mystic Drone
$459+  Pledge Comment

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.

Titan Underwater Drone

Titan Underwater Drone
$1399+  Pledge Comment

Geneinno’s Titan is a user-friendly underwater drone. It can be operated with the included controller or with a mobile device. It takes 4k photos and videos and can livestream at 1080p. It can hover or swim down to more than 490ft. and lasts up to 4h per charge.

Dog vs Drone

Dog vs Drone

Brighten your day with this super-short clip of a determined dog’s attempt to grab hold of a DJI Mavic Air quadcopter just as it attempts to lift off. Fortunately, he didn’t get caught up in the blades, or that could have been a far less happy outcome.

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