Camera maker GoPro Inc. is getting out of the drone business, laying off more than 20% of its workforce and losing two executives after predicting a sharp decline in its fourth-quarter revenue and disclosing weak holiday-season demand for its cameras. The disappointing outlook sent shares plummeting.. View original article at LA Times

GoPro is cutting more than one-fifth of its workforce and exiting the drone market as part of its latest attempt to turn itself around. View original article at Wall Street Journal

Enlarge (credit: YouTube, GoPro Tutorials) The GoPro woes continue with the release of the company’s preliminary Q4 2017 earnings. To little surprise, the company announced it will leave the drone market once it sells off its remaining inventory of $799 Karma drones. “Although Karma reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market,” the report states. “Furthermore, a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States will likely reduce the total addressable market in the years ahead. These…

When it was first announced, it seemed like a great idea: GoPro, the world leader in action cameras, was making its own drone. Given that countless drones from companies like DJI already worked with GoPro cameras, it seemed like a no-brainer. But the drone project, known as Karma, was a year behind schedule, and in … Continue reading “Here’s why GoPro finally pulled the plug on its disastrous drone” When it was first announced, it seemed like a great idea: GoPro, the world leader in action cameras, was…

Word slipped out late last week that GoPro was reducing its workforce by as many as 300 employees. The cuts, said to largely impact the company’s Karma drone division, were to be kept under wraps until mid-February – you know, well after CES. View original article at TechSpot

Flying a drone is fun, but, and let’s be real, it’s a whole lot less fun when you keep crashing it into things. Those days could soon be behind us, however, if Leti has its way.  The research institute wing of CEA is set to debut its latest anti-crash tech at CES this year, and had a few units on hand Sunday evening for curious would-be flyboys and flygirls to check out.  SEE ALSO: Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale Built onto a mass-market drone body,…

Whelp, Spectre and Meltdown are the tech news du jour right now, and everyone is wondering: what is the effect of this problem on real hardware in real server rooms? Epic Games patched their machines and found something shocking. The CPU utilization for one of their online services increased about 100%. We don’t know what this server is doing, or what this process is, but the Spectre and Meltdown patches will increase CPU load depending on the actual code running. This is bad for Epic — they now have…

The Dutch engineer behind the design for circular runways has revealed plans to build a test runway for drones. View original article at BBC World News

Russian forces shot down an unmanned aircraft attempting to bomb the airbase at Hmeimim, reports say. View original article at BBC World News

In the world of drones, propeller choice is key to performance. Selecting the right props can have a major effect on things like flight time, vibration, and a whole host of other factors. Thinking it might be fun to experiment, [RCLifeOn] decided to 3D print some props and head out for a flight. The props are a fairly simple 3-bladed design, which were printed in both PETG and PLA. No major difference is noted between the two materials, and the quadcopter under test is able to fly with…