The “People’s UAV,” paid for by crowdfunding, will watch the Ukraine-Russia border. narodniy.org.ua In a strange case of crowdfunding meets national defense, a group of Ukrainians have launched a website to help fund the construction of a fleet of drones to patrol the country’s border with Russia. The People’s Project has successfully raised approximately $36,000 to build an initial squadron of 10 “People’s UAVs”—autonomous octocopter drones equipped with cameras View original article at Ars Technica

Crowdfunding may not be the usual method for raising cash to help equip a national army with fighting apparatus and drones, but a Ukraine IT executive intent on supporting his country’s troops has found the platform to be just the ticket. The post Crowdfunding helps Ukrainians build ‘people’s drone’ to aid poorly resourced army appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ and its gimbal-stabilized camera, doin’ its stabilization thing in flight. Steven Michael The Dunning-Kruger effect: a bias wherein unskilled persons mistakenly overestimate their ability to accomplish a given task. After buzzing DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter drone around my driveway for about two minutes, I’m pretty sure I was the walking embodiment. “This is easy!” I said, flying the expensive piece of equipment—on loan from DJI—around in a tight box. “And awesome!” I jammed the left stick forward and the drone rocketed skyward,…

A yacht in San Diego, California, went up in flames on Thursday, and a drone caught the dramatic scene on video. According to local ABC affiliate 10News, a fire was reported before 9:20 a.m. local time at shipyard Marine Group Boat Works. The $24 million yacht named “Polar Bear” was engulfed in flames, sending dark smoke into the air that was visible from across the bay See also: 360-Degree Panoramic Video Is Out of This World About 100 workers were evacuated from the site, one of whom was…

It seems camera-equipped autonomous drones could be the next big thing for extreme-sports fanatics keen on capturing their exploits on video. Yesterday we heard about the Hexa+ auto-follow drone. Today it’s the turn of AirDog. The post AirDog auto-follow drone promises great video shoots for adrenalin junkies appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends