That ring flying in circles around the room looks like it has a life of its own. It’s going at 1.4 meters per second, and engineered from a quadrotor (also known as a quadcopter or quadrotor helicopter), a helicopter propelled by four rotors.In this video by Rajan Gill from the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, he explains that while quadrotors are agile and have high load carrying capabilities, they’re not very efficient in forward flight. Their lift to drag ratios are comparable to that of…

I’m pushing a vault out of a window. Due to my line of work, cyber-espionage and sabotage, I’d assume the vault’s full of valuable documents. The moment I touch the vault I trigger a turret, meaning I have about ten seconds before it make some melty Swiss cheese out of me. This is exactly what happened during the previous simulation, where I also had to hop across rooftops and use a termite-looking “Weevil” drone to jack into the door controls. I did that laying on my stomach between…

Security company Bishop Fox has created a flying hacker’s laptop called Danger Drone. Built around a Raspberry Pi, it can access networks and short-range signals normally out of reach. The post Danger Drone is a flying hacker’s laptop, but it’s here to help appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

LONDON — Irish artists are recreating a mural using graffiti and projection in an act of solidarity after an abortion rights mural was painted over by the Dublin City Council.  SEE ALSO: A drone carrying abortion pills was flown into Northern Ireland in an act of solidarity The original mural by street artist Maser was painted three weeks ago on the wall of Dublin’s Project Arts Centre.  The mural featured a large red heart emblazoned with the words “Repeal the 8th” and called on the Irish government to…

An underwater drone has been developed which aims to make exploration more affordable and accessible. View original article at BBC World News

It’s no secret GoPro is developing a drone called “Karma” for release later this year. But what it looks like, nobody outside of GoPro really knows. Last month, GoPro posted a teaser video for the animated film The Secret Life of Pets and speculation ran wild that the company may have subtly and intentionally teased its upcoming drone. SEE ALSO: GoPro cameras give us a first-person view of daring circus act Right at the 0:25-second mark, you can see clear GoPro Hero 4 product placement. It’s attached to…

One of the biggest challenges for hackers who want to get into more secure and isolated networks is physical. If the network is well protected, you might need to be physically close to it to hack it—and standing around with a laptop outside of an office or a power plant might raise some suspicion. But what if the hacker could just fly a special drone, and make it quietly land near the target? That’s exactly the idea behind Danger Drone, a $500 custom built device that carries a…

[amazingdiyprojects] has been making lots of test flights in his crazy eight propeller gasoline powered danger bucket. We last covered the project when he had, unfortunately, wrecked the thing in a remote-controlled test flight.  He later discovered that the motor’s crankshaft bearings had, well, exploded. The resulting shrapnel destroyed the motor and crashed the drone. He described this failure mode as “concerning” View original article at Hack A Day

Lockheed Martin is hoping to revitalise the use of blimps to deliver heavy cargo and passengers to remote locations around the world – and it will even come with a drone of its own. View original article at Daily Mail Online

In episode two of How to Race Drones, Mashable Creative Producer Sam Sheffer continues to prepare for the Liberty Cup drone race.  This week, Sheffer gets his hands on a new micro drone to get the hang of flying before testing out his skills in a balloon obstacle course.  Episode 1: http://on.mash.to/2auRFQo Check back next Wednesday, when Sheffer will take on real-size drones View original article at Mashable