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Filmmaker And Tech Enthusiast Pete Majarich Gives Us A Look At The ‘Surface Of Mars’… From Utah (Short Film)

Uh ohhh. Elon Musk, we have a problem.

There are still moon-landing deniers around who claim that all that video of that American space trip was faked. And this short film “The Visitor” (by Australian filmmaker Pete Majarich) is an even more appealing, amazing, look at a trip to what looks to be a ‘red’ planet.

This was shot in a southern Utah desert. Confirmed (hit the jump and see). So, if we make the Mars trip… proving it… could be a problem!

(But this is a cool tech-driven flick though. No problem with that.)

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Uber’s Flying Taxi (Video)

Uber unveiled its flying taxi prototype, which looks like a giant drone from CNBC.

So they came up with a concept for a four-passenger taxi that flies? Now THAT’S how you earn the name Uber for real! This is uberAIR.

The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think. In fact, Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) a reality and bringing uberAIR to Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. Watch this video to see what an end-to-end flight in an uberAIR VTOL will look like. We’re excited to partner with some of the world’s top manufacturers, real estate developers, agencies, and cities to make this vision a reality.

With VTOL aircrafts, passengers can enjoy quicker daily commutes, while our cities experience less traffic congestion and cleaner air.

– Uber

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Feature Presentation: Man On Hoverboard Delivers The 2017 Portuguese Cup Final Game Ball To The Official (Video)

Dear real American football: You took an L for this round. Have you SEEN this technical extracurricular activity they had poppin’ at the football (okay futbol, happy?)?? A hoverboard pilot delivered the soccer game ball to the official like a f#cking superhero (well, supervillain, if you go the Green Goblin route)!

The match ball for the 2017 Portuguese Cup final was delivered to the referee by a man on a drone. The man rode the spider-like drone around 70m in driving rain before landing by the match official near the halfway line and handing the ball over. Benfica won the game 2-1, beating Vitória de Guimarães and completing their 11th league and cup double.
– Guardian Football

Even if you aren’t into this kind of ball, you gotta admit that this clip is baaaallinnnn’!

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Technology: You Can Fly The DJI Spark Drone With Hand Gestures (Video)

Whoa! Whoever put this video package together knew how to hook us. When the girl started controlling the drone like she had psycho-kinetic mutant powers… Boom! Let’s just say we could hear the rain being made (dollar-dollar bill after dollar-dollar bill, y’all)! Check out all the coolness of this new tech.

DJI Spark redefines the possibilities of portable flight, opening up the creative potential of drones. Whether you’re filming a cheer routine, posing for a rock climbing selfie, or taking a simple group photo, Spark is there to seize the moment.

So, if you think it’d be hard to learn the remote controller functions for a flying drone: How about having NO controller to learn? Flying that thing like, “Look ma. Just hands!”

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Look! Up In The Sky… It’s The DeLorean From ‘Back To The Future’ (Video)

Dude… DUUUUDE! Okay, the noon slot is usually reserved for the physically hot. But while this is no ‘Honey’ you should recognize the ‘body’ on this one. Actually, on this DRONE!

Someone made a working scaled down (but no less awesome) flying drone version of the time-traveling DeLorean from the ‘Back To The Future’ movie. Extremely nerdy, in the dopest way possible!!!

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Technology: Drones Can Provide Disaster Relief (Video)

Weren’t we just talking about how drones can save lives on here? Well, watch how we can go beast mode with that idea in the best way. Great use of drone technology in the search & rescue realm; no longer just ‘search’…now they can bring some form of help.


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Life Flight: Videographer Using Camera Drone Helps FEMA Save Hurricane Matthew Victim From The Flood (Video)

Man, hell yeah! This is what we are supposed to be doing with tech. Helping people, even saving lives. We can be the heroes we have been waiting for. Come to think of it…neither Batman, Superman, nor the X-Men had drone cams back in the day. But now we do.

What’s really ‘super’ though is that @ImSoFIRST (yeah, follow dude NOW) did not have to help. But he did. And what if Craig Williams was one of those grumpy dudes cursing Twiter and social media like demons. No need to even imagine the alternative because his brother Chris is safe!

You see a lot of negative things and you hear a lot of awful stuff, but the reality is there are a lot of good people in this world and if you just ask, they will do the right thing. This is one of those moments when humanity came together.
Chris Williams

Watch and be amazed at what we can do for (not to) each other when we try. Start this Fall weekend with warmth in your heart.


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It’s A Bird. It’s A Drone. Wait, It’s A Drone That Looks Just Like A Bird! (Video)

Now this looks like some action movie spy, James Bond, futuristic stuff! The Bionic Bird looks as much like a living bird that you would not give a second look. Watch this video of it flying above the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Seems easy to launch, easy to use. Check it out.

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Technology: It’s A Drone, An X-Wing… Nah, It’s A Parrot Swing (Video)

With Parrot Swing, you have the stability of a quadrocopter and the power of a plane!

Parrot Swing is the only mini-drone allowing you to pilot a supersonic plane with surprising ease. It’s also the only plane with autopilot and a vertical take-off and landing mode. With the Parrot Flypad controller, discover ultra-precise control to pilot like a pro. Transform the sky into an unbelievable race track!

Truth. But what’s even doper than the model/drone/toy is the possibilities for real-life. Imagine combining the great speed and efficiency of a plane with the ability to take off and land from small platforms, rather than long runways. Of course, the military would jump on this first. But imagine the search and rescue possibilities. Mobilizing quickly for tough terrain rescues, where planes cannot go but copters cannot be sent quick enough… disaster relief for that matter… Think about unmanned vehicles getting materials in and/or people out of places where the roads are impassible or non-existent.


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Technology: Nissan’s FPV Drone Is Insanely Fast (Video)

We’ve done our share of posts on drones on here for certain. We’ve even written up drone racing for sport. That might bring to mind just how fast these things go; but how fast is that really?

Well, Nissan has this GT-R Drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. Watch it above, keeping up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track.

Zero to 100, real quick. Like in less than two seconds. Crazy!

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Check Out The Military’s New Micro-Drone: The Black Hornet (Video)

Proxdynamics’ nano-UAV – a mini, mini, miniaturized Unmanned Air Vehicle – is on the way… at least for the U.S. military and law enforcement officials. Aptly named for its size and color scheme, the Black Hornet PD-100 PRS mini-drones should be in soldiers’ pockets in 2018. Far off reconnaissance, signaling and more; ready to fly and spy right out the box. Check out the clip above!

(Notice how it says, “Battle Tested,” in there? Already? In what battle?)

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Anyone Need A Flame-Throwing Drone To Come Cook Your Turkey? This Guy’s Got One (Video)

Holiday turkey… done… WELL done… with a flamethrower… mounted on a flying drone… because WHY THE F##K NOT??!! Baaahahahaaaa! Well, maybe they like an open fire roasted (read: scorched) turkey with crispy (read: burnt) skin. Maybe it’s still kinda tender and juicy (read: raw and bloody) on the inside.

Shiiiid, who are we to judge? Dig in! Enjoy that tryptophan near comatose-level ‘itis’ (read: salmonella) that will have you laid out through the last Bowl game.

Oh… flying the flame bot away from the house. Smart. In the woods (read: forest fire site).. REALLY smart… like Allstate ‘Mayhem’ commercial smart!

Wow. Seeing is still not believing.

Oh… the builder who brought this hot idea to life is the same dude that gave us the homemade gun-firing drone earlier (see that here). Austin Haughwout has done “it” again. Dunno what all “it” entails; but a visit from law enforcement and fire safety personnel might be (read: is most likely) included!

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18-Year-Old Builds A Gun Firing Drone (Video)

Isn’t that always the way? Straight from the movies. Actually, straight from our history books. Humanity makes a revolutionary technological advance, and someone finds a way to weaponize it. Drones were already militarized by the time most of us found about about them in real life. In the civilian sector, we postulated about the ‘peeping’ aspects of drones. However, we relegated a lot of our thinking about this tech to the cool side (delivering food and beer, capturing images in new ways).

But now some young’n (Austin Haughwout) puts a GUN on one??? C’mon son.

Oh but don’t worry. The U.S. government is on it. They’re like… ‘Nobody, but nobody, is gonna make killer drones… but U.S. us.’

The FAA said Tuesday it is investigating whether Austin Haughwout of Clinton [Connecticut, USA] violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft.
– USA Today

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MIT Scientists Develop A Robotic Cheetah That Can Run & Jump (Video)

Robotics meet zoology at MIT: Scientists have nearly perfected designs for a robot cheetah.

Wait, wait! Doesn’t anybody over at MIT watch any sci-fi featuring enhanced robo-tech and/or animals? The Matrix, Planet Of The Apes…HELLO???!! So, cheetahs being high enough on the food chain to be sniffing our armpits, it’d be cool to make robo-cheetahs equipped with A.I. enabling them to run and jump without fatigue, right? No way, we’d have actual PREDATOR drones that could hunt and kill humans. Oh wait, we already do, huh?

Okay, so they’ll just come up with another name for the seek-and-eat cat-bots. Sigh. Talk about not knowing when to quit. Thanks for the sweet nightmares MIT… and VICE!


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Technology: AirDog, A Personal Quadcopter Camcorder System (Video)

95% funded on Kickstarter. This is happening!

AirDog is a personal quadcopter camcorder system designed to automatically follow and film users with a GoPro camera. The AirDog system includes the quadcopter, an AirLeash wireless device used by the quadcopter to track users, a device used to stabilize any attached GoPro camera, software and other enabling technologies (including an optional smartphone app to manually control the quadcopter). The designers’ vision is that the AirDog be used to better record extreme sports.

Why confine yourself to stationary videos, or ground-level perspective? The AirDog takes things to a whole new level!

Check out the video. Exciting visuals, with angles akin to what you would get on television broadcasts.


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Professor Noel Sharkey Speaks On the Advances and Ethics of Unmanned Drone Technology (Video)

Noel Sharkey, PhD is a noteworthy in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering and robotics. Best known to the public as a robot expert, his current research passion is on the ethics of robot applications including care, policing, military, crime, sex, transport and medicine.

In his TED talk (above), Sharkey speaks on his lifelong love of robotics. And he brings up the ethics and realities modern society faces in deploying automated/remotely-controlled combat robots (e.g. drones) that allow us to kill from a distance; enabling so-called bloodless wars. But are “bloodless wars” really bloodless? Not for everybody; especially not for the folks who are ultimately killed by unmanned drones! What about when the “drone arms race” gets underway… and we have robot armies fighting each other? Anyone else see a HUGE risk for “collateral damage” and loss of innocent life (more so than already)?

What happens when we start using drones for civilian applications? Sharkey has predicted that – like drones programmed to make life/death decisions on the battlefield autonomously – in peacetime, drones could be carrying out tasks that include asking for ID… even tasering and arresting suspects, as well as crowd control, with no human say-so required. But do we really want  that?

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Technology: So, Who Ordered the Pizza? Your Delivery Drone Is Here (Video)

Actually saw this coming…sort of. We posted on drones doing everything from destroying dug-in dissidents to delivering pizzas here. And here it is: Drone pizza delivery by Dominos DomiCopter.

A spokesman for the Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza confirmed that a franchise in the United Kingdom posted video of the unmanned ‘DomiCopter’ actually delivering two pizzas in the company’s signature Heatwave bags. The digital media company T and Biscuits partnered with drone firm AeroSight to bring the concept to life. But don’t expect two piping hot pizzas to be delivered to your door via drone anytime soon. The service is illegal under U.S. law. Federal Aviation Administration rules ban unmanned aircraft like drones from being used for commercial purposes. A DomiCopter in the United Kingdom seems just as unlikely.


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