Flying Drone Blanket will charge and launch swarms of quadcopters

Although it's getting more common to see swarms of illuminated drones being used for aerial light shows, simultaneously charging and launching all of those drones can still be tricky. That's where the Flying Drone Blanket is intended to come in.

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Wacky-winged drones may have a flying ace up their sleeve

There are now a lot of fixed-wing drones on the market, and most of them look pretty similar. FLY-R's aircraft are different, though, in that they incorporate a rhomboidal wing design – it's claimed to offer some distinct advantages.

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Sony starts its own drone company, Airpeak, to fly Alpha cameras

Sony's mirrorless Alpha series cameras have become hugely popular filmmaking tools, thanks in large part to the company's excellent sensors. At this year's CES, Sony announced it's starting up a drone business specifically to work with Alpha cameras.

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Knuckles-5 allows drone pilots to keep one hand free

Conventional dual-joystick drone controllers require pilots to use both hands – this can be inconvenient, plus not everyone has two functional hands. That's where the one-handed Knuckles-5 controller is designed to come in.

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360-degree camera drone can depth-map its surroundings with 8K video

Maryland firm Door Robotics has hit Kickstarter with what it claims is the world's first fully integrated 360-degree camera drone. The Vista combines the output of two ultra-wide cameras into an all-encompassing, depth-mapped 8K/30-fps video stream.

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Drone-jamming gun claimed to be one of the smallest and lightest

For people such as soldiers, security officials and airport workers, drones aren't always a welcome sight. That's why drone-jamming guns were developed, and the new Paladyne E1000MP "pistol" is said to be one of the most compact on the market.

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Walmart teams up with Zipline for one-hour deliveries by drone

Zipline has announced a new partnership with Walmart to conduct pilot trials using its drones to fulfil health and wellness orders in one hour, with hopes of expanding to general merchandise if the first runs are successful.

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Tethered drone gets licensed for use in law enforcement

Drones may be seeing more use by police forces, but they're still limited by short flight times, and the need for certified operators. Tech company Axon has set out to address the problem, by leveraging the existing Fotokite tethered drone.

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Extended-range agri-drone wouldn’t be limited by batteries

While crop-spraying drones do have advantages over full-size piloted aircraft, they're limited by their battery range. Dutch startup Drone4Agro is developing a solution to that problem, though, in the form of a range-extended electric multicopter.

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