How to tell if you have overcharged Lipo batteries

Lipos (the types of batteries on most drones) are serious business. They are highly volatile, prone to damage and can cause fires. Despite highly responsible ownership, a lipo battery is still thought to be the cause of a fire that burned down an RC shop in San Diego, and numerous videos show other accidents involving … Continue reading How to tell if you have overcharged Lipo batteries

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What is the difference between drones and remote controlled aircraft?

What is the difference between drones and remote controlled aircraft? What is the inflection where drones have now catapulted into this new category that is causing these new regulatory hurdles? An audience member posed the question during a town hall style session at the Drone World Expo in San Jose. Here’s the response from Gretchen … Continue reading What is the difference between drones and remote controlled aircraft?

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Meet the patent attorney who made the drone that won ‘Shark Tank’ happen

The next in our series of Drone Girl profiles is with Mel Coombs, a patent attorney at  Lee & Hayes. Got an idea for a new drone technology? Mel Coombs wants to hear it. Coombs is a patent attorney at Lee & Hayes who has worked on drone patents including XCraft’s X PlusOne and Phone Drone, … Continue reading Meet the patent attorney who made the drone that won ‘Shark Tank’ happen

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2 reasons why I’m a big fan of DJI’s next steps in geofencing

DJI this week announced new plans to expand the list of its restricted flight locations to include places like prisons and power plants. The software update is an expansion of its geofencing program, a virtual barrier which literally prohibits the drone from taking off or flying into areas in its geofence. DJI already uses geofencing in “no-fly-zones,” … Continue reading 2 reasons why I’m a big fan of DJI’s next steps in geofencing

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DJI’s latest move to limit flying over sensitive areas

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. The world’s largest drone maker, DJI, is rolling out a software update to its drones designed to limit flying over sensitive areas like prisons and airports. The drone company currently uses geofencing, a software feature that acts as a … Continue reading DJI’s latest move to limit flying over sensitive areas

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