Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: drones


Flying robot insect ditches wires, embraces freedom

May 21st, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick (via Mark Stone/University of Washington) Humanoid robots can’t take over the world alone: Insect-esque androids are a great distraction, their tiny mechanical bodies crawling or flying to divert attention from the cyborg uprising. Or, I suppose, they could be better used for time-consuming tasks too challenging for larger […]



Chinese police foil drone-flying phone smugglers at Hong Kong border

April 1st, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Dozens of high-tech phone smugglers have been apprehended by Chinese police, who twigged to the scheme to send refurbished iPhones into the country from Hong Kong via drone — but not the way you might think. China’s Legal Daily reported the news (and Reuters noted shortly after) following a police press conference; it’s apparently the […]



Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?

March 22nd, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at […]



Drones in Agriculture: How UAVs make farming more efficient

February 17th, 2018 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

Farmers are increasingly turning to drones as their newest, most efficient tool in agriculture. Let’s take a look at the facts and figures.



Illegal drone use over New York City is steeply rising

February 17th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Within a single year, illegal drone sightings in New York City have increased by 68 percent. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to establish the state’s first drone-testing corridor, this is probably not what he had in mind. New York City has seen an increase in illegal drone use of 68 percent from the […]



The newest weapon for the U.S. Marine Corps is a fleet of quadcopter drones.

February 13th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Each squad in the Marine Corps will soon have a new member — a quadcopter drone that will be used in everything from training to surveillance to battlefield assaults. The Marines purchased more than 800 drones at the end of 2017 and now they’re rolling out quickly to every squad in the service, according to […]



10 drone stats that will blow you away

February 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The global drone market is enjoying explosive growth. Unmanned aerial vehicle technology is reshaping major industries and creating new ones. In all, drone-powered solutions are projected to have demand that reaches into the tens of billions of dollars.



DJI’s new Mavic Air drone shoots in 4K, does 43 MPH, and fits in your pocket

January 24th, 2018 at 1:18 pm » Comments Off

We were admittedly a bit disappointed when DJI showed up to CES earlier this year without any new drones to show off, but it appears that the company had something new to show off all along. At a January 23 press event in New York City, the company unveiled the Mavic Air: A lighter, more […]



Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo

January 16th, 2018 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that’s capable of lifting a 500 pound payload. Calling it an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype,” the aerospace giant said it could serve as a precursor for future autonomous flying aircraft.



Intel Shows Off Volocopter – A Battery-Operated Flying Car At CES 2018

January 10th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, Intel today showed off its prototype of Volocopter, which according to the company is “essentially a flying car”. However, it is basically a drone that is big enough to carry a passenger.



Colony square2