This microwave sized quadcopter has a built in camera that you can control from your smart phone.

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The new HorseFly octocopter–a small drone with eight rotors–is designed to live on the back of a electric delivery truck. As the truck makes its rounds, the HorseFly splits off to make more deliveries in the area.Delivery companies obsess about finding the perfect route to drive through town, since every detail matters for saving fuel and reducing pollution: UPS drivers, for example, rarely turn left, which has saved the company around 10 million gallons of gas over the last decade. But the most efficient trucks are nothing compared to drones, which could completely transform the cost and carbon footprint of delivery.Read Full Story

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Controlled by the Fatdoor app, the $1,099 quadcopter features 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.Could drones become social? Fatdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce Skyteboard, a quadcopter that can be controlled by local residents.Read Full Story

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The Alaskan oil-field drone is the first of what is likely to be a steady stream of approvals for commercial UAVs in thinly populated regions nationwide.BP, the international oil and energy giant, will now routinely use drones to patrol their Alaskan oil fields. This morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that BP and unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment received permission to use drones for flyovers of the Prudhoe Bay oil field. AeroVironment’s primary product, a four-foot-long vehicle called the Puma, resembles an overgrown model aircraft and contains sophisticated electro-optical and infrared sensors for ground surveillance.Read Full Story

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FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land

Associated Press – 10 June 2014 15:20-04:00

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