Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias receives treatment after two of his fingers are injured by a drone camera during a concert in Mexico. View original article at BBC World News

Google’s solar powered Internet drone may have just tanked in a desert , but other sun-powered fliers are still going strong, including the Solar Impulse plane, which has just taken off on a nearly 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific, from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii. Read more… View original article at Gizmodo

While everybody’s eyes were on Google I/O this week , another little bit of Google news nearly managed to slip under the radar: The tech giant’s high-flying, solar-powered Solara 50 drone apparently crashed landed in the sands east of Albuquerque weeks ago. Whoopsie.Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

Multi-rotor fixed-pitch aircraft – quad, hexa, octa copters – are the current flavor of the season with hobby and amateur flight enthusiasts. The serious aero-modeling folks prefer their variable-pitch, single rotor heli’s. Defense and military folks, on the other hand, opt for a fixed wing UAV design that needs a launch mechanism to get airborne. A different approach to flight is the ducted fan, vertical take-off and landing UAV. [Armin Strobel] has been working on just such a design since 2001 View original article at Hack A Day

Google X, the company’s “moonshot” development arm, dedicated to dreaming up wacky things like driverless cars and wearable face computers, had a problem. Its stratospheric, internet-providing balloons kept leaking and falling down after a couple months. And so, the company looked into a product that definitely can’t leak without serious implications: condoms.For the last four years, Google has been researching how to create free-floating balloons that can constantly persist in the stratosphere in order to beam down wireless internet to developing nations, in much the same way Facebook…

Quadcopters show a world of promise, and not just in the mediums of advertising and flying Phantoms over very large crowds. They can also be used for useful things, and [Sagar]’s entry for The Hackaday Prize does just that. He’s developing a 3D mapping drone for farmers, miners, students, and anyone else who would like high-resolution 3D maps of their local terrain. Most high-end mapping and photography work done with quadcopters these days uses heavy DSLRs to record the images that are brought back to the base station…

Pushing your circuit boards around the bench while trying to solder the components is a fools game. Clamp that board in place with a Stickvise you won from Hackaday! This week we’ll choose 65 projects to receive one of these PCB clamps. You must submit your project as a Hackaday Prize entry to be eligible. Do it now and you’ll be considered for our weekly prizes all summer long — they total $50,000 that we’re putting into your hands. We’re particularly proud of the Stickvise story View original article…

Crack open a consumer drone today and you’ll most likely find radio antennae, a camera and sensors all packed separately into the machine, wasting weight and energy. View original article at LA Times

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Give selfie sticks their due. They’ve helped millions of people extend their reach and take pictures that put more than just their faces in the frame. The problem with these sticks, though, is you still have to hold them. What if you could put the phone down and just get back to enjoying yourself? A handful of technologies, including camera drones that you throw in the air and follow you and the Apple Watch that can serve as an iPhone camera remote control,…

Named the ‘Divine Eagle’, the drone is a high-altitude UAV that can detect stealth aircraft with radar. It reportedly flew in February, but this is the first time images of the drone have emerged. View original article at Daily Mail Online