So, yeah, there's pretty much only one story that's really resonating with us today, and that's the passing of Carrie Fisher. As the day has gone on, Fisher's friends and colleagues have been reacting to the news of her death publicly.Read More
Who needs drivers, or shipping delays, or jobs? Wait.
The technology of the future might not quite be flying cars and jetpacks (although we've got those, too) but things we never dreamed of—or at least things that didn't have quite the immediate appeal. While it may feel like, societally, we are backsliding into the past, we've got some futuristic tech milestones happening right around us with self-driving cars and automated delivery.Read More
Facebook is still hard at work trying to bring the Internet—and Facebook—to everyone around the world, and their latest plan involves solar powered drones that would fly around on their own to carry signals to remote locations. You may have seen an ad from Facebook talking up the drone's abilities, but after its test flight ended in a crash over the summer, it's now under investigation for safety concerns.Read More
Facebook's quest to offer more accessible internet services to the rest of the world continues onward and upward, into the literal sky, with the maiden voyage of their new drone, Aquila.Read More
If you're a cosplay aficionado who's been looking to create a costume from DC Comics Bombshells, that task just got a lot easier, thanks to this new line-up of sewing patterns from Simplicity.Read More
In the first ten minutes of Captain America: Civil War, we see an example of the use of drone warfare in an international incident. Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, introduces his colleagues to Redwing, a robotic bird-shaped drone that he has programmed to fight alongside him.Read More
There's a bill working its way through congress that would relax regulations on commercial drone use, but it's less exciting/upsetting than it sounds, depending on your personal feelings about drones.Read More
If they work for the police, are they legal eagles?
So, Drones vs. Eagles: weird Plants vs. Zombies knockoff or actual thing happening in the Netherlands? If you answered, "Probably neither of those," you're partially right. Dutch police really are training eagles to take law-breaking drones out of the sky. Stephen Colbert must be so proud—or disappointed it's not happening in America.Read More
It was hardware ... in the actual sky.
Drones—commercially available quadcopters and the like—are great and versatile pieces of technology, but that versatility lends itself to less than desirable uses. This has led some cities and nations to enact laws to govern their use, but those laws are only any god if there's a way to enforce them. That's where Skynet comes in—er, sorry. Drones carrying nets. In the sky.Read More
Nurse Mittens, you homewrecker!
This video's great if only for the catastrophically terrible (read: great) puns that are littered throughout. Meow.Read More
“You ahss hewl.”
It's videos like this that not only make Hayley Atwell a Vine darling, but make us want to put her in scary situations just so we can hear her curse in an English accent.Read More
"I was like...uh, wow." - Katie. RIGHT?!
So, check this Tennessee dad out. His eight-year-old daughter asks to walk to school on her own, and rather than a) trusting her to know what to do and letting her go, or b) telling her 'no,' because he doesn't think she's ready yet, he came up with this weird third option - having a drone follow her so she can keep an eye on what she's doing.Read More
I'm not gonna lie, my brain spent most of its time watching this video just going "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Which I will defend as perfectly natural, because volcanoes are all kinds of awe-inspiring badassery and drones are allowing us to get all up in their innards.Read More
She's got it where it...ahhhh, you get it.
But can it make the kessel run in less than twelve parsecs? That's the real question. Well... actually, the real question is how many people are going to pipe up in the comments section about how parsecs are actually a measure of distance because they think we don't all know that and make jokes about it to mess with them. Either or.Read More
Brace yourself for some exploitative coverage if one of them ever crashes.
What does T.G.I.Friday's have to do with drones, you ask? MORE THAN ONE WOULD THINK.Read More
You're welcome, Internet.
This video was taken in Hunter Valley, Australia, and while the footage was salvaged, the device itself was damaged beyond repair. On the plus side, now little Timmy will probably feel a bit better about getting his new Christmas drone stuck in a tree already—or, if he's a different sort of kid, he'll be jealous that he didn't get any aerial kangaroo punching footage in the process. It could go either way.Read More
Jawsome or not jawsome?
Oh, it's not a "shark robot," you say? It's called the "GhostSwimmer?" Well, consider me reassured.Read More
We are the endless appetizers.
Last month we covered TGI Friday's "Mistletoe Drone" program, the franchise restaurant's initiative to encourage holiday cheer while simultaneously satiating their robot overlords' lust for power. Rarely has our snark been so justified. Blood hath been spilt in Brooklyn.Read More
Too Gross Is Frenching?
Of all the obligatory affection we're expected to show during the Holidays, mistletoe kisses definitely make me the most uncomfortable. But, judging from that above TGI Friday ad, I'm in the minority. People love being pressured by robots and waitstaff into swapping mozzarella-tinged spit with their dinner companions! 'Tis the season, ohohohoho!Read More
I said reconnaissance, you bucket of bolts! What care I for meat on a stick?
Disclaimer: this story, much like the Renaissance itself, is a little old. But does extreme radness really have an expiration date?Read More