Awesome Drones

World’s Fastest Racing Drone

World’s Fastest Racing Drone

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.

Crazyswarm

Crazyswarm

Engineers from USC’s ACTLab and RESL show off a slick system for controlling numerous drones. Crazyswarm currently operates 49 Crazyflie 2.0 nano-copters, and can create coordinated aerial displays, and dynamically adapt their flight path around a tracking device.

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Deal: Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Drone

Deal: Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Drone
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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.

Skydiving from a Drone

Skydiving from a Drone

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!)

Seasonal Drone Time-Lapse

Seasonal Drone Time-Lapse

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.

Drone Trick Shots

Drone Trick Shots

Devin Graham teamed up with Cinechopper to rig up some drones to carry a variety of objects, from basketballs to bowling balls, then applied their precision flying skills to perform a variety of tricks and cause general mayhem. BTS here.

Diodon Inflatable Drone

Diodon Inflatable Drone

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.

Drone with a Blade

Drone with a Blade

Master of destruction Giaco Whatever teamed up with master of drone Mr. Steele, and attached a razor-sharp blade to one of his quadcopters. Steele then flew the deadly beast straight at some fruits and veggies. It slices, it dices. It even makes julienne fries!

Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel X-Star Premium 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.

Soft Drone Prototype

Soft Drone Prototype

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.

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Colin Furze might have done it first, but Hoversurf actually plans on producing its drone-like hovering motorbike. The single-seat Scorpion-3 flying platform could also be used as a kind of taxi or to transport goods, but mostly it just looks like dangerous fun.

Drone Meets Paragliders

Drone Meets Paragliders

If the incredible mountaintop footage of Tirol, Austria that Team Blacksheep captured with their TBS Vendetta FPV flying racer wasn’t enough, stick around long enough, and you’ll see the remote-controlled flyer zig and zag around a duo of paragliders.

Hübschhorn Drone Flyover

Hübschhorn Drone Flyover

YouTuber Gab707 makes us step back and appreciate how far drones and cameras have come with this jaw-dropping sweep of the Hübschhorn mountain in Valais, Switzerland. The video was taken “only” on a GoPro Hero4 Session.  FPV feed here.

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Choose Your DJI Drone Giveaway

Choose Your DJI Drone Giveaway

Between the powerful Phantom 4 Pro and the portable Mavic, DJI arguably makes some of the best photography drones on the market. Now, one lucky contest entrant will win their choice of either drone. Just drop by The Awesomer Shop now for your chance to win. (Ends 2/8/17)

Star Wars Drone Battle Giveaway

Star Wars Drone Battle Giveaway

Drop by The Awesomer Shop for a chance to win a set of three awesome Propel Star Wars drones. One lucky winner will go home with T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter, and 74-Z Speeder Bike quadcopters valued at over $700 total. (Ends 2/7/17)

Griff Drones

Griff Drones

Norwegian company Griff Aviation has plans to launch these three highly customizable heavy-cargo drones. The Griff 125, 300 and 800 all get their model names from their respective gross carrying capacity in kilograms (i.e. 275lb, 660lb and 1,760lb).

Drone Close Call

Drone Close Call

If you’ve contemplated using that drone you got for Christmas to shoot action footage of athletes or race cars, DON’T. This short video from last year’s FIS Alpine slalom at Madonna di Campiglio shows skier Marcel Hirscher as he’s nearly taken out by an errant UAV.

Flying Christmas Tree

Flying Christmas Tree

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the guys at R/C flying channel FliteTest rigged up a special Christmas tree stand with a set of rotors attached to it. The result: a tree which can easily follow you as you stroll around singing Christmas carols.

The Human Drone

The Human Drone

When you think about it, a drone is basically a tiny helicopter with multiple blades, so why not build a huge drone capable of puling or lifting a human? Recently, Casey Neistat and his friends put together just that, then headed to Finland’s Santa Claus Village for a little snowboarding.

Yuneec Breeze Drone

Yuneec Breeze Drone

The biggest challenge with most reasonably priced drones is that they’re hard to fly. Yuneec’s Breeze a 4K video quadcopter offers five automated flight modes to help you get the aerial shot you want without being an expert pilot. For a limited time save $100 at BestBuy.

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The Drone-Powered Hammock

The Drone-Powered Hammock

At first glance at the crazy flying lounger in this video, we figured it was the work of Colin Furze. Sadly, the awesome hovering hammock is just a well-executed VFX trick in a commercial for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer. All we can say is: Your move, Furze.

GoPro Karma vs. DJI Mavic Pro

GoPro Karma vs. DJI Mavic Pro

GoPro and DJI both hope to be at the top of holiday lists, each offering up a folding drone, video stabilization, and ease of use for amateur flyers. WIRED’s Brent Rose got his hands on both drones, and shares his thoughts on which to buy.

Drone Changes a Light Bulb

Drone Changes a Light Bulb

It took Marek Baczynski and his friend Sven an entire day, and two different drones, but they eventually managed to use a drone to unscrew a light bulb, then screw a fresh bulb into the empty socket. And they only needed nine light bulbs, a broom, and a dustpan to do it!

1000W Light UFO Drone

1000W Light UFO Drone

YouTuber rctestflight made a light bar consisting of 10 100W LEDs and mounted it to a Freefly Alta 8 photography drone. The DIY lamp’s extremely bright yet narrow beam creates incredible contrasts in darkness, resulting in UFO-like visuals. Making of here.

Eagle vs. Drone

Eagle vs. Drone

While drones can be used for good, they can also be used for nefarious purposes. A police program in The Netherlands has been training eagles to snatch threatening drones right out of the air. Apparently, they’re working on armor to protect the birds from more powerful rotors.

Dronesurfing

Dronesurfing

To demonstrate the lifting power of its Alta 8 aerial photography drone, Freefly Systems used the 8-blade flying machine to tow a surfboarder through the water. He needed a running start, but we’re still impressed.

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