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New Drone City

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

Delivery drones, coming soon to a suburban neighborhood near you. (Photo: 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

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Beer Drone Delivery Doesn’t Need to Exist, But It Does

Delivery drones, coming soon to a suburban neighborhood near you. (Photo: YouTube)

If you thought humans had run out of imbecilic ways to use a drone, well, good news, because we haven’t. The newest publicity stunt comes from Lakemaid Brewery in snowy Wisconsin.

AdWeek writes that the beer company was supposedly feeling inspired by Amazon’s well-thought out plan of deploying the flying robots that it also had a take of their own. So, in a one-minute ad, ice fisherman can communicate their GPS points to the company and a drone will deliver them a case of ice cold, refreshing beer. Read More

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Since Nothing Good Could Come From This, Colorado Might Ban Hunters from Using Drones

This was probably the type of drone. (Photo: File)

Already foretelling the problems this could cause, Colorado is considering banning hunters from using drones to help them spot deer and other game.

Under federal and state regulations, it’s illegal to use airplanes in spotting animals, but Colorado is worried that hunters will bend the rules by using unmanned robots to locate wildlife. People have to wait 48 hours to hunt after a flyover is conducted because of “fair chase” regulations. Read More

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Was That Your Drone That Almost Clocked a Businessman? The NYPD Wants a Word

View from the drone. (Photo: WABC)

Remember that mysterious drone that plopped out of the sky and came within a few feet of bopping a businessman on the head? Well, the New York Police Department would like to have a word with the unidentified operator to see what he was doing with the Phantom Quadcopter.

The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD has a complaint on a file and would like to find the man on the drone’s video footage. The tape was obtained by WABC-TV and showed the drone careening into several buildings before it lost control and slammed into the ground. Read More

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Mystery Drone Crash Misses NYC Businessman By Mere Feet

An example of a drone. (Photo: Getty)

Shrouded in mystery and cloaked in WTF, a small helicopter drone crashed onto the ground just a few feet away from a businessman on the East Side of Manhattan during rush hour yesterday, ABC Local reports.

The suit found a memory card among the three-pound drone’s debris, and video taken from it “shows the drone twenty to thirty stories above the busy streets and crowded sidewalks near Grand Central Station,” ABC Local says.   Read More

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Game of Drones: Does NYC Have an ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’ Problem?

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In late 2011, a slender Williamsburg resident named Tim Pool roamed downtown Manhattan, seemingly recording every minute of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Mr. Pool, an independent journalist, would use his smartphone to live-stream the demonstrations, sometimes for as long as 19 continuous hours, earning himself the nickname “The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park” in Time magazine.

As the protests escalated, it became increasingly difficult for Mr. Pool to capture the civil disobedience from eye level. He yearned for an unhindered view—a higher vantage point, like from the sky.

“The fact that police would obstruct cameras just sort of put in our minds that we might be in a situation where you can’t get a good shot because there’s a wall or a fence or something,” Mr. Pool, now 27, told The Observer. Read More