A bird’s eye camera sweeps over the green fields of Ireland, flies over the towering Cliffs of Moher and pans the ocean hundreds of feet below.

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Last week I attended a lively tech party and was hit in the head by a flying drone. Given that drones are as controversial as they are ubiquitous in the media, I know what’s going through your head right now: “How can I also get hit in the head by a drone?”Read more…

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Drone delivery isn’t the future – it’s here now. Andreas Raptopoulos, chief executive of Singularity University’s Matternet, tells the WSJ’s Deborah Kan how we can use drones to deliver necessities from groceries to medicine.

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Image: Karl Larson/Marquee Las VegasFlying robots, a heavy bucket of glass bottles and ice, a pool, and drunken revelers doesn’t seem like the safest of combinations—but that’s what you’ll get at Las Vegas’ Marquee Dayclub, which has just started drone delivery bottle service.While certainly cool, it is not what we’d call safe. That’s for both obvious reasons—just wait until someone tries to grab the octocopter—and the less obvious: removing a full bottle of alcohol from the bucket quickly throws off the weight, which makes the thing unstable. A group of people interested in drone law said as much on Facebook, where I came across the video: Image: Facebook screenshotConsidering that the drone isn’t likely to run into any planes 10 feet above a Vegas pool, it’s unclear if the Federal Aviation Administration is going to get involved in this case—but stranger things have happened. I’ve reached out to them to see if they’ve contacted the Marquee

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[Robert] once built a quadcopter frame by sawing laminate floor tile. It worked, we’re taking the lack of pictures of this build as evidence of how ugly it was. His latest design used a much better looking material – laser cut plywood – and the finished product is very strong and lightweight, even compared to commercial frames made with glass or carbon fiber and epoxy.
Although the design went smoothly thanks to some Solidworks skills, actually cutting the frame from 3mm birch ply resulted in a few issues. The cheap laser cutter used for cutting include some bottom of the line software called LaserWorksV5

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