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
Rise of the Drones
A 17-year-old boy flying his drone over a beach ended up getting called a “pervert” and having a stranger’s fingers shoved into his mouth.
Austin Haughwout, 17, was reportedly flying his radio-controlled quadcopter with an attached GoPro camera over a beach in Connecticut on May 12, when he was allegedly confronted and attacked by 23-year-old beachgoer Andrea Mears, who accused him of taking pervy pictures of her. Read More
Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.
It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras. Read More
Drones are incredibly versatile, able to do everything from delivering beer to, er, killing innocent people :(. And now, hackers have developed a new skill for the flying robots — and it’s definitely on the disconcerting end of the drone use spectrum.
Hackers have developed a drone that can steal information from smartphones, CNNMoney reports. It’s being tested in London, and research on the drones’ functionality will be presented at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore next week. Read More
Hexacopter-style drones are known for delivering flowers, beer, and, in Jeff Bezos’s dreams if nowhere else, delivering your latest Amazon Prime order. Well, now a drone named CUPID is delivering 80,000 volts through an on-board stun gun.
For one of the more theatrical presentations at SXSW this weekend, software developer Chaotic Moon Studios gave a live demonstration of how its flying drone CUPID handles unwelcome house guests. They did this by tasing their intern. Read More
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.
The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs. Read More
Officials in the United Arab Emirates are pushing to use more technology in government services, and they’ve decided to do so by using drones to deliver government documents. What could possibly go wrong? Read More
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a Predator drone finding you because you wouldn’t give your neighbor his cows back after they wandered onto your property.
Rodney Brossart, the farmer from North Dakota, was arrested after being located by Predator drone, Forbes reports. Sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 14, he is the first American to be sent to the clink thanks to drone assistance, U.S. News & World Report says. Read More
Do you ever feel frustrated that you can’t keep tabs on your significant other at all times? Nervous that everyone is hanging out without you? Curious about what the heck your neighbors are doing over there?
Thankfully, there’s a Pocket Drone currently being funded on Kickstarter that will solve these problems and more. It only takes 20 seconds to unpack and launch. Then, you can load it up with any video camera you own, as long as the payload is less than half a pound. Hit record and you’re off, creating surveillance footage of everyone you know. Read More