Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: drones


1 billion drones in world by 2030, US futurist Thomas Frey says

September 3rd, 2017 at 6:11 pm » Comments Off

Drones will be the most disruptive technology in human history, a US futurist says, predicting that by the year 2030, there will be 1 billion drones in the world doing things people cannot yet imagine.



Insurance drones expected to play a major role in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

September 2nd, 2017 at 1:28 pm » Comments Off

Property insurance firms like State Farm and Allstate are preparing to use drones to inspect commercial and residential properties in Texas and Louisiana they insure that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to Slate. The companies expect to start inspecting properties early next week, once the storm completely subsides.



Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change warfare forever

August 28th, 2017 at 5:56 pm » Comments Off

In 2015, a video showing a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built dronewent viral, raising concerns for authorities, including the FAA. The development of such a DIY device was only a matter of time, as was the commercialization of the technology. Now Florida-based startup Duke Robotics has unveiled the TIKAD, a custom-built multirotor that […]



Gun-wielding drones are now a thing, and that’s somewhat worrying

August 12th, 2017 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

Capable of firing semi-automatic weapons and 40mm grenades, it really is death from above.



How police catch drone-flying criminals

August 8th, 2017 at 9:04 am » Comments Off

From invading privacy to smuggling drugs over jail walls, more criminals are turning to flying drones  forcing detectives to learn new skills to find them.



Sonic weapon knocks the drones right out of the sky

July 31st, 2017 at 7:12 pm » Comments Off

LAS VEGAS — Smartphones, virtual-reality headsets, toy robots, quadcopter drones and self-balancing scooters can be hacked by powerful sonic blasts, a team of Chinese researchers demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference here last week.



Drone racers will compete in abandoned malls and stadiums for $100,000 prize

July 21st, 2017 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

The Drone Racing League has a $100,000 pot for this year’s winner.



Police in Dubai have recruited a self-driving robo-car that can ‘scan for undesirables

July 6th, 2017 at 6:15 pm » Comments Off

The O-R3 comes with a built-in drone to follow targets off-road.



Drone fight clubs may be coming to a city near you

June 29th, 2017 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

Two drones go in, one comes out. This is the mantra for a new underground sport known as drone dueling. In it, quadcopters of all shapes and sizes take to the skies to duke it out until only one remains. For a pilot, the mission is simple: kill or be killed.



Recharge station gives SkyX drones potentially unlimited range

June 15th, 2017 at 6:16 am » Comments Off

Drones built by Canadian company SkyX may never have to return home now that the company has developed xStation, a remote recharging platform that allows drones to hop from station to station while working out in the field. These stations could give the drones a near-indefinite range, as New Atlas points out.



22 predictions square