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New drone footage shows close-up footage of Apple’s campus under construction

This is an excerpt of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire piece here.

The latest close-up, bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2 is out, thanks to a drone.

Drone photographer Matthew Roberts photographed Apple’s campus and posted the footage to YouTube. The footage was shot on a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which retails for $999.

 

Shooting Apple’s campus with a drone is one of the trendiest of trends in the tech world. A different drone photographer shared footage of the campus in January 2016. That footage showed foundations for a 1,000-seat underground auditorium. And an earlier video from November 2015 showed prior progress.

DJI and Yuneec are now in a legal beef over their newest drones

This article was originally written for MarketWatch.com.

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec wowed audiences at the International CES in 2015 with the debut of its Yuneec Typhoon H, a $1,300 drone that can detect objects in its proximity to prevent collisions and track subjects.

And rival Chinese company DJI, the world’s largest drone maker known for its iconic white ‘Phantom’ drones, is not having it.

DJI on Friday filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal court against Yuneec International Co. Ltd. and Yuneec USA, Inc., saying its drones infringe on two DJI patents, including one for target tracking.

The DJI Phantom 4, which hit shelves in March, calls this feature “Active Track,” allowing the drone to follow a subject, selected by tapping that subject on their smartphone screen. Even if the subject moves, the drone will follow it, keeping it in the center of the camera’s frame.

The Yuneec Typhoon H markets its similar feature as “Watch Me,” which allows the drone to follow you while always pointing the camera at you.

“DJI welcomes competition, but is committed to protecting its intellectual property,” DJI spokesman Adam Lisberg said. “Friday’s filing is a response to safeguard that investment, to protect customers and partners and to promote genuine innovation in this promising area.” Continue reading DJI and Yuneec are now in a legal beef over their newest drones

Americans reported over 1,000 drone sightings last year in what some call ‘drone hysteria’

This is an excerpt of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire piece here.

Last August, a drone was spotted flying over a gas station in Inglewood, a city just south of downtown Los Angeles. The drone was operated by the Inglewood Police Department to gather aerial data over a crime scene, a practice not uncommon lately with law enforcement or emergency response crews.

In a bizarre turn of events, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department also were dispatched to the scene, but not to assist with the crime investigation. According to a report released by the Federal Aviation Administration, LAPD arrived on the scene and requested their Inglewood counterparts to bring down the drone, which was flying about 2 miles from a runway at the Los Angeles International Airport and could have posed a threat to incoming planes.

The FAA in November of 2014 began tracking “drone sightings,” in which a person or entity reports a drone in flight to the police or directly to the FAA, usually because they believe the drone is doing something illegal. Since then, the number of drone sightings has been on the rise. The FAA received reports of 1,303 drone sightings in 2015.MW-EI813_drone__20160328133534_MG

Continue reading Americans reported over 1,000 drone sightings last year in what some call ‘drone hysteria’

Here’s the latest development in the DJI developer challenge

DJI, Ford and the United Nations Development Program want you to build the next application system for search and rescue drones. The three entities are partnering up to create the 2016 DJI Developer Challenge, and at stake is an $100,000 prize.

The challenge has just advanced to its second stage, as 25 developer teams moved to the second round of competition. A record 130 proposals were submitted for the challenge, and just the top approximately 20% were chosen to move forward. Continue reading Here’s the latest development in the DJI developer challenge

We’re one step closer to drone delivery becoming a reality

In a small Nevada town with just over 3,000 residents, the U.S. just saw its first “urban drone” delivery.

Drone delivery company Flirtey this week delivered a package that included bottled water, emergency food and a first aid kit by drone. The choice of item delivered was meant to illustrate “Flirtey’s vision to reinvent the delivery process for humanitarian, online retail and food delivery industries,” according to a news release.  Continue reading We’re one step closer to drone delivery becoming a reality

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta talks with the Drone Girl at SXSW

“Who would have guessed that two years ago the FAA Administrator would be speaking at South By Southwest about drones?” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Huerta moderated a discussion for the drone panel hosted at the Google Fiber Space in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest 2016. And me? I was the emcee.

Huerta joined Amazon Prime Air’s Gur Kimchi, NASA’s John Cavolowsky, PrecisionHawk’s Diana Marina Cooper, Intel’s Jaclyn Louis, Aerobo’s Jon Ollwerther and Fresh Air Educators’ Kerry Moher for a Q&A — a monumental event bringing these groups, from corporate to education to government all together on stage for the first time.

Huerta outlined progress between the FAA and these groups, including the UAS registration system that hit 400,000 registrants this week and the MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee that will deliver recommendations to the FAA by April 1.

Continue reading FAA Administrator Michael Huerta talks with the Drone Girl at SXSW

No drones in DC, FAA says

No Drone Zone is gaining ground, as the FAA ensures your drone stays out of the air at major events and in restricted airspace.

 

The FAA has added signs around Washington D.C. as part of its expanded No Drone Zone campaign, particularly in light of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Continue reading No drones in DC, FAA says