Small Drone Makes Its Own Map to Navigate Indoors (Video)

Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link.

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are making drones more independent. They have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment with minimal help from a human operator, and then plan its own routes around a space and its obstacles autonomously. Continue reading “Small Drone Makes Its Own Map to Navigate Indoors (Video)”

Watch fireworks explode all around you in this GoPro drone copter video

With the Fourth of July being just a couple of days past, most of you probably still have vivid memories of the fireworks show in your area. Watching fireworks means seeing colorful explosions in the sky from a distance. And as spectacular as they may look, we always see them from the same ground-level perspective. Continue reading “Watch fireworks explode all around you in this GoPro drone copter video”