Image: Mesa County, CO Sheriff’s Dept.Last week, the Los Angeles police department announced a new acquisition: two Draganflyer X6 drones, small hexacopters about three feet wide and capable of being outfitted with a range of sophisticated cameras. This makes the LAPD the largest municipal police department in the country known to possess unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance or tactical uses.But the LAPD took pains to make it clear that it won’t fly them, at least not immediately. “No decision has been made whether or not these vehicles will be used,” the department said in a short press release issued yesterday

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With the advancements in quadrotor parts and technology over the years, it’s become possible to make just about anything fly if you can strap some high-speed rotors to it. Introducing the first edible quadrotor!
[Michael] enjoys building and flying quadrotors. His girlfriend enjoys baking and making chocolates. One day she had a crazy idea — what if they made a quadrotor together, combining their unique skill sets? [Michael] was a bit skeptical at first. After all, chocolate doesn’t really compare to aluminum or carbon for a frame material… and chocolate melts at room temperature

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Image: ShutterstockPrison yards have spotlights and surveillance towers and barbed wire fences and security cameras to keep prisoners in—and soon, they might have drones too. Corrections officials in Ohio are looking into using drones to persistently monitor prison grounds in the state.Of all the places for persistent surveillance to occur, prison is probably the best—there’s already all of those previously-mentioned capabilities—but the thought of having a drone constantly hovering over prisons just seems a little too far, no? In any case, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is at least looking into the idea: Tristan Navera of the Dayton Business Journal reports that prison officials attended a drone demonstration on Monday, with the idea of using unmanned aircraft to keep contraband out of the prison and to keep an eye on any prisoners trying to escape. The demonstration was hosted by researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute and the Wright State Research Institute at the Wilmington Air Park. None of the researchers involved with the demonstration have gotten back to me yet, but a spokesperson with the prison system confirmed to me that officials did attend the demonstration

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An air ambulance drone, known as Air Mule, is being developed to help make evacuations on the battlefield safer.

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Note to the UAE: Your raining-missile graphic design elements aren’t ideal for this humanitarian drone competition.Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are a touchy subject, and rightly so. A technology that originated as a way to kill unspecific targets from the air has now become a civilian plaything. Yet, drones can be used for good. Like in patrolling wildlife reserves for poachers, in emergency rescue situations, and in crisis mapping

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