Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. While some of you unicorns out there may have been wishing and praying to find a baby mop or a selfie drone under the tree this year, the vast majority were probably thinking AirPods or bust. And if someone really loves you, you may have even scored a new iPhone X or MacBook Pro — and are preparing to be the envy…

The aerospace giant reveals its prototype for the “Stingray” project, an autonomous refueling drone for the U.S. Navy. Boeing is one of three companies competing for the contract, and the first to release an actual image. The post Boeing unveils prototype refueling tanker drone for aircraft carrier operations appeared first on Digital Trends View original article at Digital Trends

Spanish drone manufacturer Quaternium just used its amazing Hybrix.20 fuel-electric quadcopter to break drone flight records by staying aloft for four hours, 40 minutes. The post Watch a hybrid drone break records by hovering for more than four hours appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania created the world’s biggest drone swarm that doesn’t rely on either GPS or external motion capture in order to fly. Here is how it works. The post Watch this coordinated drone swarm fly in tight formation — without GPS appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

A DJI Phantom 4 at a launch event in 2016. (credit: Ron Amadeo) On September 21, 2017, just as dusk fell, Vyacheslav Tantashov launched his DJI Phantom 4 drone from a spot near Dyker Beach Park in Brooklyn, just southeast of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Tantashov wanted to see some spectacular views, he said, and he flew the drone nearly 280 feet up in the air and well out of his line of sight. The drone hovered over the shipping channel near Hoffman Island, some 2.5 miles from the…

Your grandmother means well. But by the time she figures out something’s a fad, it is old news. So maybe you got a fidget spinner in your stocking this year. Beats coal. Before you regift it to your niece, you could repurpose it to be a motor View original article at Hack A Day

When reading about cool projects and products, it’s common to see wiring plugs labelled “JST connector.” This looks fine until we start getting hands-on and begin hacking things together. Inevitably we find the JST connector from one part fails to fit in the JST connector of another. This is the moment we learn “JST” is not a connector specification. It is short for Japan Solderless Terminals Manufacturing Company, Ltd View original article at Hack A Day

TL;DR — Don’t use silicone to pot electronics. That’s the conclusion [GreatScott!] comes to after trying out several methods for waterproofing electronics. His efforts stem from a recent video in which he discovered that water and electricity sometimes actually do mix, as long as the water is distilled and the electronics in the drink are relatively simple. He found that the main problem was, unsurprisingly, electrolytic corrosion, so he set out to experiment with various waterproofing coatings. In a series of careful experiments he goes through the pros and…

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. So you got a drone as gift over the holidays, or maybe you purchased one on sale during Cyber Monday. Now what? If you can’t seem to figure out how to fly the thing, let alone take selfies with it, maybe you need some training wheels. Thankfully, there’s a course called Drones: Learn Aerial Photography and Videography Basics on sale…

Two foreign journalists, their interpreter and driver were arrested after filming with a drone. View original article at BBC World News