Topic: drones

DJI SDK provides tools for drone developers

As commercial drones become more and more popular, developers want to tap into this new market—and DJI wants to help them. The drone company recently announced the DJI SDK for developers to start taking advantage of drone app development. “I love this technology, enjoy flying and taking aerial photos and videos recreationally, but I firmly … continue reading

GitHub suffers from a DDoS attack, Amazon moves drones to Canada, IBM Watson acquires Blekko—SD Times news digest: March 30, 2015

GitHub is trying to recover from a large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its website. According to the company, this is the largest DDoS attack it has experienced to date. “The attack began around 2 a.m. UTC on Thursday, March 26, and involves a wide combination of attack vectors,” wrote Jesse Newland, systems … continue reading

3D Robotics releases a free and open-source drone application development platform

3D Robotics (3DR) wants to make it easy for developers to add custom features or create applications for their drones. The company has unveiled a free and open-source drone app development platform. DroneKit is the company’s API for drone app development, designed to provide a platform for developers to create Web-based drone apps. “Unlike other … continue reading

Amazon’s drones cleared for takeoff in the U.S.

Just when it seemed Amazon’s drone delivery service would never take off in American skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement giving Amazon the green light to test its drones. Amazon has been looking for consent to develop its Prime Air delivery solution in the United States, designed to deliver packages within 30 … continue reading

From the Editors: Welcome to the new world of drones

It is the beginning of the drone era. Already, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being tested for delivering goods, gathering the news, monitoring crops from above, and more. While we are still in the early stages of drone development, it is almost certain that drones will be implemented into every industry. It is just a … continue reading

DOT and FAA propose new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would … continue reading

3D Robotics open-sources drone flight control code

Drone development has made huge advances recently, but once the drones get off the ground, users need to be able to fly, control and track them. Drone maker 3D Robotics has announced it has open-sourced its Tower flight control app for drones. The application not only provides users with a feature-rich flight experience, but the … continue reading

A look into the future of drones, with Dronecode’s Andrew Tridgell

Commercial drones are taking software development by storm these days. Drone development is being looked at in all industries from agriculture, journalism, insurance, film, search and rescue, and even real estate. The Linux Foundation launched an open-source platform for drones late last year in order to bring developers the tools and resources they need to … continue reading

Drones for journalism

Despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) limit on commercial drone use, drone research and development is flourishing, and one industry is looking to take its research even further: journalism. CNN just recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development agreement with the FAA in order to improve and advance efforts to use drones for newsgathering … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: The six-rotor quadcopter

Drones are everywhere. Literally. My friend Steve, a wedding photographer, always includes drone shots. Drones are used by the military, of course, as well as spy agencies. They are used by public service agencies, like fire departments. By real estate photographers who want something better than Google Earth. By farmers checking on their fences. By … continue reading

From the Editors: A trend that’s flying high…drones

Research firm Gartner recently released its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 that organizations can’t afford to ignore, but it missed a huge category—Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, unmanned air vehicles or unmanned systems. While one could argue that drones fall under the organization’s smart machine category, so can the Internet of … continue reading

BZ Media announces InterDrone for commercial drone industry

What’s that up in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s a drone! The development of commercial drones has been gaining momentum. In fact, smart machines such as drones were one of Gartner’s top 10 technology trends organizations can’t afford to ignore in 2015, and InterDrone, the newly announced International Drone Conference and … continue reading

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