Rise of the Drones

Rise of the Drones

North Dakota Cow Thief Is First American Arrested, Jailed With Drone’s Help

The ominously named Predator drone. (Photo: Getty)

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

Rise of the Drones

Secretly Record Your Friends and Enemies With Handy Pocket Camera Drone

Put these AWAY. (Photo: File)

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

Rise of the Drones

These Tiny House-Cleaning Fairy Drones May Just Make Life Perfect

If you look closely, you can see the tiny magical fairies. (Photo: Electrolux Design Lab)

Cleaning your house is probably the most boring thing you can choose to do with your time. But finally, a genius college student from Colombia has devised a system through which tiny robot fairies would clean your nasty ass abode for you while you keep chillin.

Adrian Perez Zapata’s design incorporates “a spherical hive of tiny flying drones,” DVice reports. “The hive itself is designed to function as both a charging station for the drones as well as a depository for your home’s refuse.” Read More

Rise of the Drones

Let’s All Watch a Drone Fall Out of the Sky and Smack a Person in the Face

Seconds before disaster. (Photo: WTVR-TV)

It was going to happen sooner or later: An aimless drone spiraled out of control and barreled into a frightened crowd. The device was deployed by a Richmond, Va., television station (see update at bottom) to capture aerial footage of the city’s totally safe-sounding running of the bulls when it fell out of the sky.

A bystander captured video of the drone’s downfall that showed the flying robot zipping around before plummeting out of the sky and into the stands. “It just hit a dude in the face. … That was crazy,” commented an astute announcer on Saturday. Read More

Rise of the Drones

The U.S. Air Force Can’t Recruit Anyone to Fly Its Drones

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With the talk of drones invading our skies hitting a fever pitch recently, one would assume that demand to fly the devices are hitting record levels. Turns out, it’s not! The U.S. Air Force is reportedly struggling to recruit volunteers who are interested in operating the flying robots since the prospect of sitting in a dark, cramped room for long periods of time doesn’t sound that fun. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Photographers Turned to Drones to Get Pics of Tina Turner’s Wedding

Not brave enough to tangle with this woman, honestly. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Bad news, famous people: Wedding mania shows no signs of abating, and with the rise of drones, there’s yet another tool for tech-savvy paparazzi looking to get their money shot. Take, for example, the recent wedding of 73-year-old musical legend Tina Turner.

Spiegel reports that Ms. Turner and her fiance, a German music producer, held the celeb-heavy ceremony at the singer’s Swiss estate and even hung up a big curtain to shield the gathering. Photogs got creative: Read More