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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.