Fortune – Get Ready for ‘Drone Nation’

“3DR makes off-the-shelf drones that are designed to be customized by the user—unmanned aircraft that sit somewhere between the consumer and hobbyist spaces. The underpinning technology could be—and will be—leveraged into commercial-drone tools in the future, Anderson says. “We’re seeing the convergence of the consumer and commercial markets,” he says. “And consumers are leading this market in terms of technology and in terms of adoption.”   Read More: http://fortune.com/2014/10/08/drone-nation-air-droid/

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Akash Goel, #NotABugSplat, and Using Drones for Good

Dr. Akash Goel is an activist, writer and humanitarian who attracted global attention earlier this year as a collaborator on the #NotABugSplat art installation in Pakistan. You’ve likely seen it: a giant monochrome poster, large enough to be visible to satellites, of an anonymous Pakistani girl who lost her parents in a drone attack, spread out on a lush green field somewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Earlier this year I heard Akash interviewed on a CBC radio show, and what he had to say about drones surprised me. It might surprise you, too.

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Men’s Journal – A Personal Drone That Catches the Shot No GoPro Can

“Over the past year, Berkeley-based 3D Robotics released software that lets you draw an automated flight plan for a drone by using a tablet’s virtual map. And now, the company has released the IRIS+, the first drone that can follow you around automatically.” Read More: http://www.mensjournal.com/gear/electronics/a-personal-drone-that-catches-the-shot-no-gopro-can-20141010

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SkyWard Announces First Commercial Drone Network Demonstration

SkyWard, a leading software platform for the aerial robotics ecosystem, today announced a partnership with 3DR, NASA, and other UAV entities to launch the Urban SkyWays Project, the first end-to-end demonstration of a commercial drone network operated with full regulatory and insurance compliance. Urban SkyWays will deliver packages and manage crisis response with regulatory and insurance compliance.

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Food Fight: In Syria, Drones with a New Mission

The Syrian Airlift Project (SAP) seeks to end the use of mass starvation and medical deprivation as weapons of warfare. The group and its partners are exploring creative ways to use small drones to deliver humanitarian aid in conflict zones that are inaccessible to traditional aid organizations.

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