Apparently, if the GPS on your shiny new DJI FPV Drone detects that it’s not in the United States, it will turn down its transmitter power so as not to run afoul of the more restrictive radio limits elsewhere around the globe. So while all the countries that have put boots on the Moon get to enjoy the full 1,412 mW of power the hardware is capable of, the drone’s software limits everyone else to a paltry 25 mW. As you can imagine, that leads to a considerable…

At last week’s “Let’s Talk Drones” chat room, the audience got to see an end-to-end Flytrex drone delivery: from the order, placed on a phone app, to the delivery of a hot Starbuck’s coffee drink at the Flytrex and Causey Aviation operations center in Fayetteville, NC.  The whole process was so fast – and so […] The post Flytrex Drone Delivery: Order on an App, Get Your Starbucks Coffee Delivered to Your Door (Without a Drop Spilled) appeared first on DRONELIFE View original article at Drone Life

A new strategic partnership between Toyota Tshusho and Zipline in Japan will enable nation-scale, on-demand drone delivery of critical medical supplies. Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho) is one of Japan’s general trading companies and a member of the Toyota Group View original article at Drone Life

Snap is reportedly working on AR Spectacles and a selfie drone  EngadgetSnapchat’s Spectacles might become true AR glasses this time — and there’s a drone  The VergeSnap Plans Hardware Push With AR Spectacles, Drone  The InformationSnap Working on Advanced Smart Glasses With Augmented Reality Capabilities  MacRumorsSnap planning ‘more advanced’ AR Spectacles targeting developers and creators  9to5MacView Full Coverage on Google News View original article

Drones are proving to be a critical tool for environmentalists.  Now, a city in the U View original article at Drone Life

Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) are a critical component of urban air mobility, drone taxis, and more future applications of flight.  Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky Innovations is at the forefront of VTOL development View original article at Drone Life

Together, flying drones and sailing drones are helping to clear rivers of plastic waste and oil spills. In a river in the Danish city of Århus, a small machine called the WasteShark now autonomously sails through the water collecting trash, bringing it to shore, and then recharging itself. Soon, a drone will begin flying through the air to help: Using a special lens that collects data to be crunched by a machine learning algorithm, that drone can identify pieces of plastic or other garbage and direct the sailing…

Good news for drone entrepreneurs! The Genius NY deadline for application has been extended to April 30, 2021, giving drone companies another chance to try for the $1 million top prize. Five finalists will share the $3 million dollar prize money, with one company scoring the top prize View original article at Drone Life

Drone photographers making a living with their art have to have talent – and a good understanding of the market.  Professional photographer Sami Sarkis, the artist behind stock image platform HOsiHO, gives DRONELIFE the deep dive on what aerial images sell best – right now View original article at Drone Life

A two way radio for drones from Dotterel Technologies means that drone operators could actually have a two-way conversation with people on the ground. The sophisticated audio payload  allows for communications despite the sound of the drone itself View original article at Drone Life