Drones may still be a new, niche technology, but the U.S. government is starting to recognize that they aren’t likely to go the way of other passing fads.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted its first ever drone workshop on Tuesday, which brought together leaders from around the corporate world (Google and Intel) and government officials to discuss developments in the drone world.
Several drone-related announcements from various government agencies came out of the workshop, including news that the United States Postal Service is studying drone delivery and the National Science Foundation would make a $35 million commitment to research drones.
International Drone Expo is coming to Los Angeles for its third year in a row, and it’s shaping up to be the coolest drone conference yet.
The conference will host dozens of presentations, with a keynote from AeroVironment CEO Wahid Nawabi and keynotes from other drone luminaries.
You’ll meet people who use drones in their everyday lives, including Maria Stefanopoulos Bedryk, an Operations Producer at Good Morning America, Melissa diMeglio, a production manager who has used drones to film movies including Alvin and the Chipmunks, and famous drone racer Zoe Stumbaugh.
But this conference is a lot more than just that talking heads. It’s a hands-on, immersive event of drone races, a film festival, custom build workshops and more.
The centerpiece of the expo will be a live drone race, happening on the exhibit floor throughout the conference. The IDE Drone Racing Cup will host open racing and freestyle competions.
If dreams really do come true, there’s going to be a LEGO set of a drone racing circuit.
A (presumably) major drone fan who goes by the username Gautier designed three LEGO sets involving drones for LEGO’s Ideas site, and one of them is a model of a drone racing course.
LEGO Ideas allows fans to create models of projects, and other users can vote for projects they likes. Projects with 10,000 supporters qualify for review from LEGO’s set of designers to evaluate making projects a reality.
And one of those projects is an incredible drone racing circuit. It comes with its gates, tunnels and obstacles as well as with the racing drones, the pilots, the flight line director, a trophy and a bottle of “Drone Racing Bubbles” for the victorious team! The pilots are all equipped with a radio remote control unit. Continue reading You have to see this LEGO drone racing circuit→
AT&T’s drone program director, Art Pregler, knows what it’s like when you’re at a concert or sporting event and the cell service sucks.
But the telecommunications giant has a solution for that, which naturally, involves a drone.
AT&T says it will start a project to provide LTE wireless coverage at crowded venues, like concerts and baseball games, by using a drone that is tethered to the ground but hovering in the air nearby.
AT&T has dubbed the drones “Flying COWs” — the COW stands for “Cell on Wings.” The drones would boost LTE coverage to areas in need of it during occasional large events. They would be tethered to the ground to prevent them from going rogue and flying away.