Fleye aims to make its eponymous drone much safer and easier to use than its competitors. Its propeller and other moving parts are hidden inside a spherical shell to protect bystanders and itself. It has three autonomous modes but can also be controlled manually.
Jeremy Clarkson helps Amazon show off its new and improved delivery drone, which is much larger than the previously shown prototype but still takes off and lands vertically. This drone has a range of 15 miles, flies at about 60mph and carries up to 5 pound packages.
We got our grubby little mitts on one of the awesome Parrot MiniDrones. We had a tough time choosing between the flying, seafaring or roller drones, but we went with Jett. This fast-moving two-wheeler can spin like crazy and jump in the air, all while recording POV video.
MIT CSAIL PhD student Andrew Berry created an inexpre drone which solves one of the biggest issues with these small aircraft. His drone uses stereo cameras and custom object recognition software to autonomously detect obstacles, and steer clear of them at speeds up to 30 mph.
Like Mystery Guitar Man, Corridor Digital got their hands on a bunch of Parrot’s fun new MiniDrones. But instead of playing music with theirs, they created a thrilling action short, filled with jumping race drones packing capabilities unlikely to be found on the retail models.
Michael Delaney decided to fly his GoPro-equipped drone within striking distance of a pit of rattlesnakes, when the totally predictable happens, and it crashes among the deadly snakes. We’re not sure where the drone sound ends and the rattlers begin. (Thanks Paul!)
While the majority of drones out there are designed to fly in the air, the 16″ x 8″ Trident is designed to go underwater instead. This agile, remote-controlled micro-sub sends data via a tether, and has a built-in HD camera and lights to explore and record sea life.