Camera Drones

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the ocean’s surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. […]

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Student researchers at the University of Colorado are planning to add the study of sperm whale communication patterns to the fast-growing list of tasks that can be aided by drone technology. And they — the students, not the whales — could use the public’s help. CU’s 12-member Search and Help Aquatic Mammals UAS aerospace engineering […]

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If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long enough to know the things you want, and the result is the Mavic Air. Not to give you any spoilers, but the Mavic Air does well on […]

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Skydio has launched the R1, price tag $2,499, a drone that it’s calling the world’s first fully autonomous flying camera. Billed as ‘a new type of visual storytelling’, the Skydio R1 records 4K video from its 13 cameras, which users control via its companion mobile app, which Skydio says you can launch with one swipe […]

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Although Skydio’s first product is purely for photos and videos, the underlying technology, Bry said, has other potential applications, including mapping and security. “We do think that the underlying technology could certainly be useful for more traditional commercial applications, mapping, monitoring, security,” he said. “I think that in the medium and long term, that stuff […]

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