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Drones

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.

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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.

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.

Force Flyers DIY Drone

Force Flyers DIY Drone
$40  Buy Comment

The DIY drone kit gives you everything you need to build a quadrotor with building blocks (or add on to it with LEGO). It’s also great for teaching kids about aerodynamics and weight distribution. Grab it at an early Black Friday price in The Awesomer Shop.

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.

Force Flyers DIY Drone

Force Flyers DIY Drone
$43  Buy Comment

These DIY drone kits come with everything you need to assemble a 6-axis gyro, flip-capable, beginner-friendly drone, all while learning STEM concepts. They’re compatible with LEGO and other building blocks for customization. Grab one in The Awesomer Shop.

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.

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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.

Dragon Drone

Dragon Drone

Developed by students from the University of Tokyo, the DRAGON is a snake-like drone with jointed modules. This allows it to change its shape in mid-air, passing through small passages and even theoretically interacting with or manipulating objects.

Parrot Anafi 4K Drone

Parrot Anafi 4K Drone
$700  Buy Link Comment

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.

TIME Drone Cover

TIME Drone Cover

TIME Magazine’s latest issue features a special report on the prevalence of drones. But instead of featuring a drone on their cover, they made the cover out of drones. 958 drones flew up to over 300ft to make the publication’s iconic red border and logo. More here.

Skydio R1 Autonomous Camera Drone

Skydio R1 Autonomous Camera Drone
$2500  Buy Link Comment

The Skydio R1 is equipped with 13 cameras that it uses to make a 3D map of its surroundings in real-time, allowing it to avoid obstacles while automatically following you. It can even follow cars. It has follow, side, orbit and lead flight modes.

Drone World Record

Drone World Record

During a recent event over the City Wall of Xi’an, China, a team of engineers from EHang launched a whopping 1,374 illuminated quadcopters, transforming the night sky into a dynamic and colorful airborne light show. We wonder if any of them bumped propellers.

R/C Car Photography Rig

R/C Car Photography Rig

While the guys at RC Test Flite are usually buzzing about the skies with their remote-controlled aircraft, this time, they’re earthbound with a super slick rig that combines a Freefly Tero R/C car, a Movi Pro stabilization gimbal, and a Sony FS700 video camera.

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