Today, we’re excited to announce the winners of the Wheels, Wings, and Walkers portion of The Hackaday Prize. We were looking for the next generation of robots, drones, machines that make machines move, and hackers who now know far too much about inverse kinematics. The results were spectacular. Hackaday is currently hosting the greatest hardware competition on Earth. We’re giving away thousands of dollars to hardware creators to build the next great thing View original article at Hack A Day

A handful of DJI Spark users have reported unexplained fly-aways and crashes in online forums, prompting the company to investigate. DJI says they are investigating and that the problem was only reported by a small number of users. The post DJI investigates Spark drone after users report fly-aways and unexplained crashes appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While the most commonly used drones are smaller than your average aircraft, they’re not exactly safe for work. After all, they’re meant to soar through the skies, not careen around your coworkers’ cubicles. But if you really want to combat office boredom with some sick piloting skills, the tiny SKEYE Pico Drone is a great choice that probably won’t get you escorted out of the building.  This stealth quadcopter can take…

An alliance of drone manufacturers has called for the Department for Transport to release its methodology. View original article at BBC World News

So Hackaday loves fidget spinners and we don’t care who knows it. Apparently so does [Jeremy S Cook], who decided to mash up a spinner and a cheap quadcopter. To what end? Is that even a question? Spinners are the bearing-studded equivalent to the Rubik’s Cube craze of the ’80s and all we can do is embrace it. [Jeremy] designed a quadcopter shape with a hole in the center matching a VCB 22 mm ceramic bearing he had on hand. He CNCed out the design from a sheet…

Ars Technica Live #15, produced by Jennifer Hahn and filmed by Chris Schodt. (video link) Lisa Ling served almost two decades in the Air National Guard, working on communications technology and drones. After an honorable discharge, she discovered her work had led to the deaths of hundreds of people. On our latest episode of Ars Technica Live, she tells Ars editors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar how that experience turned her into a whistleblower. Civilians know almost nothing about military drone programs, and Lisa told us that it…

Quads are a great ‘copter design. The paired blades counteract each others’ torque, and varying the relative speeds of the four motors makes it easy to steer. But what if you could get by with fewer blades, substituting a significantly fancier control algorithm? [Dirk Brunner]’s DuoCopter drone uses two propellers that counter-rotate, and it steers by increasing and decreasing the speed at which the blades rotate within a single revolution. Spinning faster on one side than the other makes it tilt. Saying this is one thing, but getting…

You know not to play around with crocodiles. Especially when they can drag an entire cow through the water, as witnessed in a video uploaded onto the Facebook page of Trip In A Van, who said the moment happened during a fishing trip in the Kimberley, Western Australia.  “We follow him with the drone as he swims down the river with his lunch,” the post reads. “He eventually gets the shits with the drone buzzing around him and tries to pull the cow underwater. An amazing display of…

Drones are one of the latest gadgets that modern geek culture has sort of glommed onto. And what’s not to like? They’re basically the ultimate RC, and we’ve been tinkering for those for… […] The post Get Into the Drone Game With These Entry Level Options appeared first on Geek.com. View original article at Geek

Students at Singapore’s University of Technology and Design have made a drone, dubbed THOR (Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft), that transitions from hovering to flying as a fixed-wing aircraft. View original article at Daily Mail Online