6 tips for better aerial photography with a drone

The following article is written by Thomas Foster who is an owner of website bestquadwithcamera.com and a quadcopter enthusiast. So you have a drone, and now you want to make better pictures? Here are 6 tips to get started: •Choose the right time: The landscape can change dramatically over the year, and even through a day. Try … Continue reading 6 tips for better aerial photography with a drone Read more…

4 controversies that will define drones in 2016

2015 was a whirlwind year for drones — consumer drone sales hit records, the FAA called for drone registration, and the commercial drone regulation deadline was missed. We saw drones epically (and dangerously) crash, and we also saw epic innovation in the technology, with everything from improved cameras to quads that are easier to fly than … Continue reading 4 controversies that will define drones in 2016 Read more…

I registered my drone. Here’s why you should too.

This is an excerpt of an opinion piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. I registered my drone this week, as required by a new Federal Aviation Administration rule. The FAA last week announced that it would open a new site for drone users to register. The site launched on Monday, and drone owners must … Continue reading I registered my drone. Here’s why you should too. Read more…

Attention filmmakers: you still have a week to enter the NYC Drone Film Festival

Have an awesome film that you shot with a drone? The 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival is accepting submissions through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 for its festival at the Directors Guild of America Theater and the Liberty Science Center, from March 4- March 6. For an idea of what you’re up against, … Continue reading Attention filmmakers: you still have a week to enter the NYC Drone Film Festival Read more…

DJI’s incredible Flagship store is now open — see pictures

DJI’s Flagship retail store opened today — and it looks insanely awesome. The 8,600-square-foot store is located in Shenzhen, China and is DJI’s next step in engaging with “customers in a deeper and more meaningful way,” said DJI founder and CEO Frank Wang. And it’s not just the sheer size that makes it stand out … Continue reading DJI’s incredible Flagship store is now open — see pictures Read more…

Land surveying with drones: meet Heller Gregory

The next in our series of Drone Girl profiles is with Heller Gregory, thepresident and chief pilot of GrandView Services (named after her grade school in Southern California), which provides aerial data for mapping, inspection, monitoring and maintenance. What’s your business all about? My husband has a soil engineering business in Walnut Creek, where he does … Continue reading Land surveying with drones: meet Heller Gregory Read more…

5 drones to consider for Christmas this year

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com Read the entire story here. Expecting a drone under your Christmas tree this year? You’re not alone: The Federal Aviation Administration expects that up to one million drones will be sold as Christmas presents this year. Here are some of the drones worth considering: Your first … Continue reading 5 drones to consider for Christmas this year Read more…

Jet Jat Nano: Here’s a drone for your stocking (that actually fits inside)

The Jet Jat Nano is the tiniest little drone I’ve ever seen. Creatively and compactly packaged, everything you could possibly need to fly it fits in the RC transmitter, including the drone itself. The drone sits in a case inside the transmitter, which in itself is small enough to fit in a loose pocket. It … Continue reading Jet Jat Nano: Here’s a drone for your stocking (that actually fits inside) Read more…

DJI gaining greater monopoly in thermal imaging market for drones

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the whole story here. Drone powerhouse DJI looks set to dominate another drone sector in the commercial market, thermal imaging. Chinese drone manufacturer DJI on Thursday announced a collaboration with Flir Systems Inc.FLIR, -0.61%   an Oregon-based sensor manufacturer that focuses on thermal imaging. The … Continue reading DJI gaining greater monopoly in thermal imaging market for drones Read more…

Bebop 2 improves on battery life, proves winner in the range of $500 drones

Last year I told you about the Parrot Bebop, my favorite drone for someone looking for good quality images but for less than $500. Parrot just launched the $549 Bebop 2, a refreshed take on the original Bebop 1. The Bebop 2 will be available to the public on Dec. 14, but Parrot let me … Continue reading Bebop 2 improves on battery life, proves winner in the range of $500 drones Read more…

Coupon codes for drone training courses? Check this out

The FAA expects 1 million drones to be sold this holiday season — and that inevitably means a lot of new pilots out there. DARTdrones Flight School is offering a new two hour, indoor introductory course to drones and the industry, with classes scheduled through January around the country. And now, you can save $25 … Continue reading Coupon codes for drone training courses? Check this out Read more…

5 questions with Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux

This is an article originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the whole piece here. From founding a luxury shoe company to making drones, French businessman Henri Seydoux is a serial entrepreneur. Seydoux founded luxury goods company Christian Louboutin — the company famous for the iconic, red-soled pumps — a 3-D imaging company, and wireless products manufacturing … Continue reading 5 questions with Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux Read more…

Meet the patent attorney who made the drone that won ‘Shark Tank’ happen

The next in our series of Drone Girl profiles is with Mel Coombs, a patent attorney at  Lee & Hayes. Got an idea for a new drone technology? Mel Coombs wants to hear it. Coombs is a patent attorney at Lee & Hayes who has worked on drone patents including XCraft’s X PlusOne and Phone Drone, … Continue reading Meet the patent attorney who made the drone that won ‘Shark Tank’ happen Read more…

2 reasons why I’m a big fan of DJI’s next steps in geofencing

DJI this week announced new plans to expand the list of its restricted flight locations to include places like prisons and power plants. The software update is an expansion of its geofencing program, a virtual barrier which literally prohibits the drone from taking off or flying into areas in its geofence. DJI already uses geofencing in “no-fly-zones,” … Continue reading 2 reasons why I’m a big fan of DJI’s next steps in geofencing Read more…

DJI’s latest move to limit flying over sensitive areas

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. The world’s largest drone maker, DJI, is rolling out a software update to its drones designed to limit flying over sensitive areas like prisons and airports. The drone company currently uses geofencing, a software feature that acts as a … Continue reading DJI’s latest move to limit flying over sensitive areas Read more…

The drone laser dance party that is actually pioneering some incredibly important technology

Watching PRENAV’s drones in action resembles something of a laser dance party. At least, if your first intro to them is their award-winning video “Hello World.” Out of 153 total submissions to the Flying Robot International Film Festival, the San Francisco Bay Area-based startup PRENAV’s video on their work took home the top prize in the … Continue reading The drone laser dance party that is actually pioneering some incredibly important technology Read more…

Dance, nature and humanitarian work: tech and art collide in drone film festival

In San Francisco, a once beacon of art — and now beacon of technology — the two fields have come together at the Flying Robot International Film Festival. Thursday night’s film festival at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission district showcased the best of the best videos. 153 videos were submitted to the festival, and … Continue reading Dance, nature and humanitarian work: tech and art collide in drone film festival Read more…

“Air traffic control for drones” company Skyward brings top FAA drone guy on board

Portland-based Skyward, which is working to create an “air traffic control for drones” type platform, named Jim Williams, former manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office to its advisory board. Williams, who retired from his post at the FAA in June of this year, was well-liked among the greater drone community, which has otherwise … Continue reading “Air traffic control for drones” company Skyward brings top FAA drone guy on board Read more…

Yuneec catches whale snot for science using drone rebranded as “snot bot”

To date, my favorite story about a use case for drones is hands down Wayne Perryman, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who built a contraption for drones that allowed it to capture data from when a whale blows out what is essentially snot. And that snot contains valuable information for researchers, including little bits … Continue reading Yuneec catches whale snot for science using drone rebranded as “snot bot” Read more…

Yuneec catches whale snot for science using drone rebranded as “snot bot”

To date, my favorite story about a use case for drones is hands down Wayne Perryman, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who built a contraption for drones that allowed it to capture data from when a whale blows out what is essentially snot. And that snot contains valuable information for researchers, including little bits … Continue reading Yuneec catches whale snot for science using drone rebranded as “snot bot” Read more…

Eric Cheng’s new book on drones is the definitive ‘Drone 101’ textbook

What was my intro to the world of two-pound flying robots? A college class — all about drones. The class was taught in the journalism department at the Missouri School of Journalism. And as most classes in most journalism departments go, there never really is a textbook. The mantra my alma mater’s journalism department constantly … Continue reading Eric Cheng’s new book on drones is the definitive ‘Drone 101’ textbook Read more…

When it comes to commercial drones, appearances don’t really matter, study finds

The following is an excerpt of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here.  Looks don’t matter – at least, not if you’re talking about a drone. A study out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas found that the design of a drone doesn’t actually impact people’s perceptions of drones. The study … Continue reading When it comes to commercial drones, appearances don’t really matter, study finds Read more…

Parrot and PowerUp launch Kickstarter for paper airplane drone

Who needs carbon fiber when you have paper? French drone maker Parrot, maker of the popular Bebop drone, and PowerUp Toys today launched a new Kickstarter for the world’s first paper airplane drone with a live-streaming camera on it. Yes, a paper airplane drone — and it’s being made through Kickstarter with a funding goal of $100,000. … Continue reading Parrot and PowerUp launch Kickstarter for paper airplane drone Read more…

The coolest drone accessory you never knew you needed — a drone wand

In need of a holiday gift for the person who already has a drone? The coolest drone accessory you never knew you needed this season is Yuneec Aviation’s Wizard. The creators seemingly took the functionality of a traditional RC transmitter, simplified it (dropped the joysticks), and dressed it up as a Wiimote. What does that … Continue reading The coolest drone accessory you never knew you needed — a drone wand Read more…

Win a FREE copy of PhotoshopCAFE’s drone handbook

Planning on giving or receiving a drone this holiday season? The holidays came early to The Drone Girl HQ this year, which means it’s already giveaway season. The latest giveaway? A copy of Colin Smith’s DJI Phantom Quadcopter Drones Aerial Videography and Photography Handbook (a $79.99 value!). The video features Phantoms 1 and 2 (Vision +) … Continue reading Win a FREE copy of PhotoshopCAFE’s drone handbook Read more…

UAV Coach launches online drone training course for new pilots

The following piece is an advertisement by UAV Coach. Use THIS LINK AND type in coupon code “DRONEGIRL” to get 10% off your class. UAV Coach, a drone blog and online community, recently launched a 6-part drone training course. The 90-minute video and text-based course is geared towards brand new and beginner pilots who want to … Continue reading UAV Coach launches online drone training course for new pilots Read more…

Here’s the iPhone on a Drone that won over Mark Cuban and the rest of ‘Shark Tank’

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. How to win a huge investment on the TV show “Shark Tank”? Try pitching Mark Cuban a “PhoneDrone,” a flying robot that operates via your smartphone. It worked for xCraft’s Charles Manning and JD Claridge, creators of the X … Continue reading Here’s the iPhone on a Drone that won over Mark Cuban and the rest of ‘Shark Tank’ Read more…

Peek inside Yuneec’s incredible $3,499 Tornado drone with GH4 integration

If Yuneec’s Typhoon drone is the BMW of drones (as I once called it), then its Tornado drone is the Hummer. But that’s not to say it feels or flies like one – it just looks like how a droneified version of one would look. It’s huge, it’s powerful, and it houses one of the … Continue reading Peek inside Yuneec’s incredible $3,499 Tornado drone with GH4 integration Read more…

Drone photographer and expert Eric Cheng to release new book on drones

Eric Cheng, DJI’s former Director of Aerial Imaging, is now releasing a guidebook geared toward beginner consumer drone owners. Titled “Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones” the book is marketed as a “timely educational resource, written to help beginner-and-intermediate drone pilots learn how to capture pictures and videos from the air safely and proficiently,” according to … Continue reading Drone photographer and expert Eric Cheng to release new book on drones Read more…

Wal-Mart reveals it has been testing drone delivery for months

The following story is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire piece here. Wal-Mart intends to test drones for package delivery and pickup and for checking warehouse inventories. The retailer submitted an application Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones outdoors, following in Amazon’s footsteps. Drones would be … Continue reading Wal-Mart reveals it has been testing drone delivery for months Read more…

“Aerojournalism”: it’s about more than just ‘stunning’ photos

Earlier this year, InterDrone invited me to teach a class about “drone journalism.” Then, Jeff Foster of The Drone Coalition asked me to write about drone journalism for his site. It’s an important topic especially in light of the fact that 1 million drones are expected to be sold this Christmas, and inevitably some will … Continue reading “Aerojournalism”: it’s about more than just ‘stunning’ photos Read more…

Watch Google Project Wing drone successfully deliver a package

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. It’s not just Amazon.com  that’s working on drone delivery. Alphabet’s Google X is delivering goods by drone, and there is a new video to prove it. Aaref Hilaly, a partner with Sequoia Capital, tweeted out video of a drone … Continue reading Watch Google Project Wing drone successfully deliver a package Read more…

Buzzfeed cautions against a serious gender gap in drones

Drones many be too nascent of an industry to say for sure, but it’s getting dangerously close to becoming a permanent trend — drones are a “boy toy.” In February I wrote about Team BlackSheep’s marketing tactic on their website that implied only men fly drones. In June I asked why people insist on using “hot girls” … Continue reading Buzzfeed cautions against a serious gender gap in drones Read more…

Drones will have to be registered, but there are still more questions than answers

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. Have a drone? You’re going to have to register it with the government by mid-December. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced a new task force that will develop recommendations for a registration process for drones. “It’s really hard … Continue reading Drones will have to be registered, but there are still more questions than answers Read more…

Go inside Harvard’s first-ever Business + Engineering event — all about drones!

I had the absolute blast of “Making Robotics Fly” as the host of Harvard’s first-ever drone demo day this weekend. We took over the football stadium to demo 5 incredible drone companies — DigInovations, CyPhy Works, Matternet, Top Flight Technologies and The Drone Racing League for some incredible demos, including a live t-shirt delivery to … Continue reading Go inside Harvard’s first-ever Business + Engineering event — all about drones! Read more…

No more drones? DJI is bringing ‘drone-like’ video to the ground

This story was originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. The company that has made its name putting cameras in the air is bringing them back to the ground. DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced today at the London Film Festival a new product called Osmo, which isn’t intended for drones at … Continue reading No more drones? DJI is bringing ‘drone-like’ video to the ground Read more…

Drone Girl profiles: Eileen Shipley, the woman who is mapping the Wild West with a drone

The next in our series of Drone Girl profiles is with Eileen Shibley, the founder of Monarch Inc. Monarch just launched a project to aerially survey and 3D map the 19th-century mining town of Bodie, California, and original California Gold Rush town that was the vibrant gem of the Wild West and now is kept … Continue reading Drone Girl profiles: Eileen Shipley, the woman who is mapping the Wild West with a drone Read more…

Drones vs. driverless cars: A tale of two robotics policies

The following is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. When a 2-pound drone crashed on the White House lawn in January, the nation was thrown into drone hysteria. That drone was a $1,000 model made by Chinese technology company DJI, but a basic camera-equipped drone can be … Continue reading Drones vs. driverless cars: A tale of two robotics policies Read more…

Skysense charges drones with “portable landing pads” through Qualcomm investment

This is an excerpt of a post originally written for MarketWatch.com.  Read the rest of this post here. Murky FAA regulations could be limiting commercial adoption of drones, but the real challenge may be limited battery life. That’s why Qualcomm Inc.’s QCOM, -0.97% investment in Skysense Inc. — a company building a charging infrastructure for … Continue reading Skysense charges drones with “portable landing pads” through Qualcomm investment Read more…

Drone Girl Profiles: Meet Natalie Welch, the female star of “Rotor DR1”

Here’s a “Drone Girl” with a different type of story. She stars in “Rotor DR1,” a film that portrays drones in a way that could really change the perspective on drones as a regular part of society. While she doesn’t fly drones herself, her acting has brought new life and new perspective to the industry. … Continue reading Drone Girl Profiles: Meet Natalie Welch, the female star of “Rotor DR1” Read more…

Commercial UAV Expo coming to Las Vegas

You may still be recovering from InterDrone (I still am!), but there’s yet another drone conference coming to Vegas, less than a month away. The Commercial UAV Expo will feature more than 100 drone-related companies, 130 booths and more than 50 expert speakers. The lineup is incredible — featuring experts including Trumbull Unmanned CEO Dyan … Continue reading Commercial UAV Expo coming to Las Vegas Read more…

Thermal camera maker Flir is latest major company to bet on drones

This is an excerpt of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. Inspecting solar panels, fighting fires and helping farmers manage crops: these are all jobs that thermal imaging camera producer Flir Systems Inc. envisions could be done by drones — with the help of its new, professional-grade camera. Oregon-based Flir … Continue reading Thermal camera maker Flir is latest major company to bet on drones Read more…

Drone plays pivotal, refreshing role in sci-fi film “Rotor DR1”

Hollywood likes killer drones. Over the past two years, drones have killed mutants in “X-Men,” attacked the good guy in “Elysium,” served as weapons in “Iron Man 2” and struck down shopping malls in “American Ultra.” But Chad Kapper, who rose to fame in the drone community as former director of beloved web series “Flite … Continue reading Drone plays pivotal, refreshing role in sci-fi film “Rotor DR1” Read more…

Exclusive interview with CEO of Yuneec: the drone industry’s ‘dark horse’

This is an excerpt of a story originally written by Sally French for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. In the consumer drone industry, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is king. But another company has suddenly emerged as a major competitor. Weeks after announcing a $60 million funding round from Intel, Yuneec is set to announce … Continue reading Exclusive interview with CEO of Yuneec: the drone industry’s ‘dark horse’ Read more…

DJi’s newest hot product isn’t actually a drone

The following article is an excerpt of a piece originally written by Sally French for MarketWatch.com. Read the entire story here. The next step in the evolution of drones may not be about the actual vehicle; it may be more about the attached camera. At least that’s what the latest news from the world’s largest … Continue reading DJi’s newest hot product isn’t actually a drone Read more…

REVIEW: Lowepro introduces compact drone case

Win the CS 400 case! Scroll to the bottom of this article for details. This year’s hottest new drone item might not actually be the drones themselves, but the cases that carry them. The newest case to the market, Lowepro’s DroneGuard series, is another high-quality case to enter the competition. Lowepro has a history of … Continue reading REVIEW: Lowepro introduces compact drone case Read more…

Drone Girl talks DJI Phantoms on the Apple Store with KNX1070

The Apple Store began selling Tuesday the ‘Phantom 3’ line of drones created by SZ DJI Technology Co., commonly known as DJI. I discussed the news with KNX1070 News Radio’s Money Hour show, my hometown radio station that I listened to growing up in the Los Angeles Area. Thanks for having me on the show! … Continue reading Drone Girl talks DJI Phantoms on the Apple Store with KNX1070 Read more…

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