Tag Archives: drone

Drone airport infrastructure investment in China

From Business Insider Tara Francis Chan

http://uk.businessinsider.com/chinese-online-retailer-is-building-200-drone-airports-rural-china-2017-12?r=US&IR=T

Chinese retailer JD.com is set to build upwards of 185 ‘drone airports’ throughout China’s more remote areas in order to deliver shipments quickly and efficiently.

 

Swarming drones to counter nuclear threat

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

From Nicola Smith at the Telegraph

The alarming headline belies the truth in which, more than likely, the drones will actually be used for surveillance, spotting and guidance, rather than direct conflict.

However, war, or the threat of war, always pushes the boundaries of technology to it’s limits so anything is possible.

Zipline advancing humanitarian use of drones

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As reported by Leo Kellon on BBC Technology, Zipline are starting delivery testing for blood and medicines by their Zip drone in Tanzania.

A fantastic use of drone technology benefiting sick patients in hard to reach areas with quick response times for urgent medication.

Read the story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38450664

 

Amazon’s drone delivery service – hype or reality?

Amazon have made their first delivery by drone in the UK, but is it really going to take off?

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With limited air time due to battery life are we really going to see Amazon drones zig-zagging all over the sky delivering our precious orders?

This editor doesn’t think so. The trial is taking place in Oxfordshire and the first delivery was made to a house within 10 minutes of their Amazon Air warehouse. So, unless we all move to Oxfordshire, or Amazon roles out warehouses all over our lovely green and pleasant land i can’t see that this anything but hype for the company.

You can view their film of this sensational event at the following address:

https://www.amazon.com/b?tag=skim1x164751-20&node=8037720011

Much as I am for utilising the technology as much as possible in the business world, the limited battery life, limited payload and laws relating to beyond line of site flying can only hamper this project, keeping it strictly limited to small items being delivered in a small radius of the actual warehouse.

Other, possibly better uses, are flying goods from a mobile platform to deliver to hard to access locations, which is a definite probability as small islands, houses up mountains and isolated or cut off locations – these are where the drone will really com into it’s own.

I can’t see Amazon building hundreds of ‘mini’ warehouses all over the country, let’s face it, do you really want that? Especially since they will only be able to delivery small gadgets, emergency rations or medication – you couldn’t put a Monopoly game on a drone after all!

I do wish them luck all the same.

 

Bad Karma, GoPro recalls it’s new drone

Could this be a fatal blow to GoPro?

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Since October 23rd GoPro have sold approximately 2,500 Karma photo drones and all have been recalled due to a technical fault with the power supply.

With no replacement units being offered and a cut of 15% of their workforce this is surely a telling sign that the action camera professionals are having a torrid time and could be hitting a brick wall.

Without the Karma all they have is an updated action camera which is being undermined by a myriad of cheaper and just as effective alternatives. Clever upgrades such as voice activation may not be enough to encourage owners of older models to upgrade either.

CEO Nicholas Woodman has said “a very small number of Karma owners have reported incidents of power failure…….We are very sorry and taking every step to make the return process as easy as possible.”

You have to consider that seeing their sales of cameras shrink, that they pushed the Karma to get it to market as soon as possible to catch the Christmas rush and that someone in the organisation must have know that there was a problem with the power system. The fact that this is completely irresponsible – after all, we are always being told about near misses with aircraft and accidents involving people being hit by drones – the FAA should consider taking drastic action against the company to prevent them releasing dangerous quadcopters on the unsuspecting public.