Awesome Drones

Dragon Drone

Dragon Drone
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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.

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.

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Skydio R1 Autonomous Camera Drone

Skydio R1 Autonomous Camera Drone

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.

Drone vs. Go-Karts

Drone vs. Go-Karts

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.

Pyeongchang Olympics Drone Display

Pyeongchang Olympics Drone Display

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.

LED-Equipped Drone Photography

LED-Equipped Drone Photography

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.

Magnetic Modular Drones

Magnetic Modular Drones

Engineers at UPenn’s ModLab developed a network of drones which are capable of joining together mid-flight to form meta-drones to perform tasks together. The prototypes appear to use static magnets, but electromagnets could allow them to detach easily.

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air

DJI’s lightweight, foldable drone shoots smooth 4K video with its 3-axis gimbal, as well as 120fps/1080p slow-motion, 32MP spherical panoramas, and HDR stills. It offers intuitive controls, obstacle avoidance, and easy cinematic flight paths. Sample footage here.

Flying Bathtub Drone

Flying Bathtub Drone

Not content to just sit around in a tub in the bathroom, The Real Life Guys rigged up a flying machine in which its pilot hangs out in a bathtub. We’re having a hard time believing this, but they’d have to be amazing VFX artists to fake this so well. More here.

PITTA Transforming Camera Drone

PITTA Transforming Camera Drone

On paper, the PITTA drone is a brilliantly simple idea that should have been executed sooner. It’s a camera drone with the usual automatic flying modes, but it can also be mounted and used as an action cam or a security camera. Sadly, it only has digital image stabilization.

Orelsan: Basique

Orelsan: Basique

Directors Greg&Lio shot this video for French musician OrelSan, which features a seemingly endless cast of characters for the rapper to march through. The smooth tracking shot was captured using an expertly piloted drone. The subtitled version has a little bonus at the end.

Making a Cardboard Drone

Making a Cardboard Drone

SKM has shown us some pretty awesome things you can make from cardboard. His latest build is a model of a quadcopter made entirely from cardboard and hot glue. Sadly, it doesn’t actually fly, but perfectly balancing it would probably be quite challenging.

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Foldable Delivery Drone

Foldable Delivery Drone

Engineers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a novel drone which can be collapsed to 1/10th of its size, and unfolds to provide a cage for carrying small items, while also protecting recipients from its spinning blades.

Drone vs Roller Coaster

Drone vs Roller Coaster

We just saw a sweet video of a drone chasing down a locomotive, and now we have another awesome bit of aerial acrobatic footage as a quadcopter does its best to keep up with a couple of thrill rides at France’s Nigloland amusement park. (Thanks Hugo!)

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

NURK FPV and sponsor FPVDirect present some of the sweetest first-person view drone footage we’ve seen, as the pilot deftly maneuvers a quadcopter through a bridge, alongside and over a train, and turns in some thrilling loops and tricks the whole way along.

Prodrone Dual Robot Arm Drone

Prodrone Dual Robot Arm Drone

This variant of Prodrone’s PD6B-AW payload drone is equipped with a pair of 5-axis robot arms. The arms can carry up to 22lb., and are nimble enough to cut, join, flick or turn various objects. The drone itself flies up to 37mph for up to 30min. per charge.

Wedding Dronetography

Wedding Dronetography

Awesomer reader OrionFyre spotted this gem from a couple of years back, in which a wedding photographer explains how great it is to shoot nuptials with a DJI Phantom 3 drone. Of course DJI’s original video was missing the the all-important original audio track.

BioCarbon Drone Reforestation

BioCarbon Drone Reforestation

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.

Adventure Photography Giveaway

Adventure Photography Giveaway

Want a really cool drone? The GoPro Karma is easy to fly, easy to carry, and offers exceptional image quality. Now you can win a Karma drone, along with a GoPro Hero 5 camera, valued at $1099. Simply drop by The Awesomer Shop today and enter to win. (Contest ends 8/24/17)

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DIY Drone Catcher

DIY Drone Catcher

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.

Deal: Foldable Rocket Drone

Deal: Foldable Rocket Drone
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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.

Workhorse SureFly

Workhorse SureFly
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Designed to carry two passengers up to a height of 4000 feet at speeds up to 70 mph, this gas/electric hybrid quadcopter is small enough to fit in your driveway, thanks to its folding blade arms. It’s made primarily from carbon fiber, and weighs just 1,100 pounds.

Manned Multirotor Flight

Manned Multirotor Flight

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!)

Voliro Hexacopter Concept

Voliro Hexacopter Concept

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.

DJI Spark Drone

DJI Spark Drone

An easy-to-use personal photography drone from the masters of photography drones. The spark can take off from your hand, and follow you, and can be commanded with gestures. Its got a gimbal-stabilized 1080p camera, GPS tracking, and has cinematic flight-path presets.

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