Rise of the Drones

Google Takes the Wraps Off Its Super Secret Drone Delivery Program

Google drone! (Photo: Google)

Oh good, even more drones to be petrified of. This time it’s from Google.

After more than two years of research, the company’s research lab Google X announced Project Wing last night. The plan is to use the flying robots to deliver packages within minutes to its destination. Hmm, that sounds mildly similar to Amazon’s, which is also planning to use drones as delivery vehicles. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Drones Might Soon Harass Disneyland Park Goers

Drones are coming. (Photo: Facebook)

If all goes as planned, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will be replaced by a drone.

Walt Disney World is mulling the idea of bringing drones into its theme parks as a way to carry “large puppet-like characters and projection screens during nighttime shows,” reports the Orange County Register.  Last week, three <air quotes> Disney Imagineers </air quotes> filed patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that outlined their plans of what they would do with the flying robots.  Read More

Rise of the Drones

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With India As Amazon Starts Testing Its Delivery Drones There

Can't wait to hear these buzzing above.(Screengrab: YouTube)

When Amazon announced their plans to deliver orders via drone, the world was hopeful, yet skeptical.

But what we thought were nothing more than Amazon’s wildest fantasies may be coming true. Two sources with knowledge of the project’s development revealed that initial testing for the Prime Air drone delivery service could begin as soon as October, according to India’s The Economic Times. Read More

Just Dronin' Around

Here Are 10 of the Best Drone Videos for the Martha Stewart in You

That sunset, bro. (Vimeo)

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding drones lately. Some folks — we’re looking at you, Martha Stewart — really love them, and one was even used to locate a missing 82-year-old man. But in using them, others are violating laws and fly zone regulations left and right. One jerk even disrupted fire fighting efforts when he flew his over a California wildfire this past Monday.

But despite all the drone drama, you can’t deny they’re capturing pretty awesome film. Some drones are showing off stunning aerials, and others are filming events from angles we’ve never seen before. For your viewing pleasure, Betebeat sorted through tons of mediocre drone videos in search of the best on the Internet. Here they are: Read More

Rise of the Drones

Jerk Flies Drone Over Wildfire, Disrupts Firefighting Efforts

Not the wildfire, but a wildfire. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Perhaps it’s time we cool it with the drones. A drone owner angered officials battling a massive wildfire near Sacramento, California yesterday because the flying robot was hindering firefighting efforts.

The camera-equipped drone was recording the fire, zipping around an area where firefighting aircraft were also flying, Reuters reports. Alarmed about the possibility of a mid-air collision, firefighters contacted police to see if they knew the identity of the drone’s owner.   Read More

Rise of the Drones

Congressman Hires Drone to Film Wedding Despite FAA Ban

Mr. Maloney. (Wikipedia)

In what we assume was an attempt to wow his wedding-obsessed Pinterest followers, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) paid to have his nuptials recorded by a camera mounted on a drone, CBS reports.

The only problem, sadly, is that the Federal Aviation Administration bans the use of drones for commercial purposes — like, say, charging people for aerial wedding videography. The FAA now appears to be investigating the incident, Philly.com reports. Read More

New Drone City

Amazon Is Asking the FAA to Bend the Law for Their Drone Program

Can't wait to hear these buzzing above.(Screengrab: YouTube)

When Jeff Bezos first announced his evil plan to start a drone delivery program for all the precious goods you order from Amazon, everyone was pretty sure it was either a publicity stunt, an April Fool’s joke or evidence that the billionaire had gone off his rocker.

But now, it appears Mr. Bezos and his ilk might actually be serious about getting the drone delivery program up and running. They’re at least serious enough to be taking time out of their busy schedule of possible-sex-toy-construction to ask the Federal Aviation Administration to bend the rules so that they can test drones on their own terms. Read More