DRONE

  • Lucknow police to use pepper-spraying drones on unruly protesters April 9, 2015

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Police said Tuesday they have a new weapon for controlling unruly protesters - pepper-spraying drones. Yashasvi Yadav, police chief of Lucknow, said his officers have successfully test-flown the newly purchased drones with a view to better crowd control. "The results were brilliant. We have managed to work out how...
  • Facebook successfully tests solar-powered drone to provide wireless Internet services March 27, 2015

    San Francisco: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots. The test flight of a drone prototype dubbed "Aquila" took place in Britain and was considered a milestone in an Internet.org project to bring online access to...
  • Facebook sheds more light on its virtual reality, artificial intelligence plans March 27, 2015

    San Francisco: Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference...
  • Amazon blasts US agency for being slow in approving drone testing for commercial purpose March 25, 2015

    Washington: E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test...
  • Is this what an Apple drone might look like? March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: With all the tech giants exploring and experimenting with drones, one designer has envisioned what a drone by Apple might look like. German designer Eric Huisman has come up with a sleek drone concept called the Apple Quadcopter, which has a minimalistic black-and-white design and carries the iconic...
  • FAA to introduce new steps to make it easier for businesses to operate drones: Report March 21, 2015

    Washington: The US Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases...
  • Amazon gets approval to test delivery drones outdoors March 20, 2015

    Seattle: Amazon.com has won approval from US federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it issued an experimental airworthiness...
  • Pakistan successfully test-fires own drone aircraft to target militants March 13, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan's military test-fired a Pakistani-built unmanned aircraft equipped with a laser-guided missile on Friday, the army said in a statement. Pakistan has long complained about incursions of US drones into Pakistani airspace to target al Qaeda, Taliban and other jihadist militants along its lawless northwestern border with Afghanistan, and has...
  • The world's first self-landing system for unmanned drones developed February 27, 2015

    Canberra: Australian scientists have developed the world's first self-landing system for unmanned drones, a report said Friday. The Queensland University's Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) made the breakthrough which will allow the drones and other automatic planes weighing less than 20 kg to identify emergency landing spots and land...
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba deploys drones to deliver tea in China February 5, 2015

    Shanghai: Echoing US online retailer Amazon, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday tested a drone delivery service, promising to whisk ginger tea to customers within an hour despite close controls on airspace. Alibaba's flagship consumer-to-consumer platform Taobao, estimated to hold more than 90 per cent of the Chinese market, showed off...
  • How drones could play a key role in food supply January 26, 2015

    Washington: Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of...
  • Arrival of the drones: 20 uses of unmanned aircraft January 10, 2015

    New York: Most people think of drones as instruments of warfare, but as the Federal Aviation Administration slowly opens US airspace to commercial use of unmanned aircraft, they are going to become more commonplace. The first uses are likely to be in remote, sparsely populated areas. Some of the proposed commercial...
  • Drones can do a lot of things, but they can't January 8, 2015

    Boulevard: The drones are coming. Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie...
  • Intel shows wrist-worn drone and a button-sized computer at CES 2015 January 7, 2015

    San Francisco: Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich showed off a computer built into a jacket button and a wristband that transforms into a selfie-snapping flying camera, as the chipmaker extends its push into smart wearable gadgets. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Krzanich also announced a...
  • Indian Science Congress showcases robot with multiple cameras to defuse bombs January 5, 2015

    Mumbai: In an innovative invention, the Indian Army has built robots with multiple cameras which are being used by them to defuse bombs. Named as Daksh, the robot can carry 20 kgs of weight, climb stairs and even steep slopes. It can even take x-ray images. The Army has been...
  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form December 19, 2014

    Denver: Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do...
  • US drone strike in Pakistan kills four, including al Qaeda suspect December 7, 2014

    Dera Ismail Khan: A senior member of al Qaeda and three other suspected militants were killed in Pakistan on Sunday when a US drone attacked a house they were in, Pakistani military officials and Taliban said. The attack came a day after Pakistani forces killed a major al Qaeda leader, Adnan...
  • Pocket-sized drones that can be controlled with your smartphone November 30, 2014

    New York: Two new pocket-sized drones have made their debut on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Anura - which shrinks to a phone-sized package with retractable wings - and the Zano - an intelligent and autonomous drone - are now seeking funds for mass production. Anura is the size of an average iPhone,...
  • Wearable camera maker GoPro developing their own consumer drones: Report November 27, 2014

    Bangalore: Wearable camera maker GoPro is developing its own line of consumer drones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already...
  • Leader killed in US drone attack, confirms al-Qaeda November 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Global terrorist organisation al-Qaeda's branch in the Indian sub-continent Thursday confirmed the death of one of its leaders, Adil Qudoos in a US drone attack. Qudoos was alleged to have helped senior al-Qaeda leader, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Xinhua reported. Kahlid was arrested in 2003 from the house of Ahmad Qudoos, the...
  • World's first drone-filmed porn video goes viral November 11, 2014

    New York: The world's first drone-filmed pornographic video has gone viral on social media even though its creators say that it was more of an art project. The three-minute video consists of a fast-flying drone panning over a variety of beautiful landscapes, mountain vistas and majestic beaches as bare bodies are...
  • Iranian-built copy of US drone takes first flight: IRNA November 10, 2014

    An Iranian copy of a US reconnaissance drone captured in 2011 has taken its first flight, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. In December 2011, Iran said it had captured a US. RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran that had been reported lost by US forces in neighboring Afghanistan. "We...
  • Nixie: A wearable drone that flies off your wrist, takes photos from hard-to-reach places, and then comes back to you November 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Intel awarded $500,000 to a group of do-it-yourselfers who developed a wristband that converts to a camera-equipped drone to win a contest the chipmaker hopes will help guarantee it a leading position in the emerging market for wearable computing devices. Aimed at rock climbers, the Nixie quadcopter is worn...
  • Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites November 3, 2014

    Paris: French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy. In what environmental activists call a worrisome development, authorities have tallied at least...
  • China unveils laser weapon system to shoot down low-flying drones, small aircraft November 3, 2014

    Beijing: China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported. The machine has a two-kilometre range and can bring down "various small aircraft" within five seconds of locating its target, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement...
  • Ambulance drone to save heart attack victims unveiled in Holland October 29, 2014

    London: A student in the Netherlands has developed an 'ambulance drone' fitted with defibrillator that can reach heart attack victims within minutes, and potentially help save thousands of lives. The 4kg drone, created by graduate student Alec Momont, can fly at an estimated speed as high as 100 kilometres per...
  • Trilokpuri clashes: Drones with night vision to be used to monitor during Chhath Puja, Muharram October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Drones are being used to search the troubled area in East Delhi's Trilokpuri which saw communal violence on Diwali night. The police will also be using drones with night vision cameras to monitor Chhath Puja and Muharram. At the same time, door-to-door searches are also taking place. The...
  • Delhi: Police use drones to carry out search operation in violence-hit Trilokpuri October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police is using drones to carry out search operations in Delhi's Trilokpuri area where violence broke out on the night of Diwali. Door-to-door searches are also being held in the vicinity to check for anti-social elements. The curfew in the area will be relaxed from 2 to 5...
  • Five killed in drone attack in Pakistan October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: A suspected US drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region of South Waziristan killed at least five people and injured three others. The drone fired two missiles on a compound in Kand Ghar area of Shawal district, which stretches across both North and South Waziristan tribal regions, Dawn quoted official sources...