Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

The drone was announced today at Amazon’s annual hardware event, typically a rapid-fire release of new Echo products, Alexa updates, and the occasional gadget oddity, like a talking microwave.

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

In February, the House passed a bill that blocks the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies like FEMA and Customs and Border Protection from buying foreign drones.

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

Even better, thanks to a new rotor design and other aerodynamic improvements, DJI is claiming the Mavic Air 2 can remain aloft for 34 minutes—a big jump from the 21 minutes of flight time on the original Mavic Air. The Camera Eye. The camera has some new automated modes for capturing videos and photos with sharper detail and higher dynamic range.

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Whale experts like Kerr want tissue samples to determine the health of the beasts, the problem being that it's somewhat difficult to do a biopsy on an enormous creature that only periodically comes to the surface to breathe.

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

After months of scandals around the security camera Ring and its controversial partnerships with law enforcement , perhaps it was inevitable that the Amazon-owned company would face a far more common sort of scandal for sellers of internet-connected consumer surveillance devices: They can be hacked.

It's Coders Versus Human Pilots in This Drone Race

It's Coders Versus Human Pilots in This Drone Race

It’s a matter of time, experts say, before automated drones will whir past humans in increasingly popular competitions hosted by the Drone Racing League —and before they can use similar technology to handle complicated tasks in real life.

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Also in the sky this week: Our reporter, who used a new self-landing technology to bring a $2 million business jet safely back to ground, even after its pilot faked a heart attack.

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The smallest of small turbines could power a light business jet or serve as auxiliary power units in larger aircraft, starting the bigger engines and supplying electricity when parked at the gate.

The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News

The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News

An old industry standard is putting millions of critical devices at risk, UPS lays claim to the first official drone airline, and our reviewers have a trail-running jacket recommendation.UPS now runs the first official drone airline.

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Lozada, technology manager for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado , knows that many people that increasing drone use will only harass and terrify wild animals.Gustavo Lozada “Many people just want exciting video footage, and don’t think about how it may be affecting animals,” he says.

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

As Hurricane Dorian whiplashed the Bahamas on September 1 with 185-mph winds, a drone with lifesaving potential was positioned at the Marsh Harbour airport on the island of Great Abaco.

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News. After pulling the Galaxy Fold from the market due to a faulty display, Samsung now says it has fixed its foldable smart­phone and that the product is ready for relaunch.

The Marines’ New Drone-Killer Aces Its First Test

The Marines’ New Drone-Killer Aces Its First Test

“The system is powerful enough that for a smaller UAV, if it gets close enough, the energy from the jammer will disrupt the electronics on the drone, and cause it to just fail.

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

Teams of scientists develop game plans for capturing data months or years in advance of each one—as do amateur astronomers, working to create their own stellar images or execute their own studies—and it all comes down to a few precious seconds under the Moon’s shadow.

The Drone Iran Shot Down Was a $220M Surveillance Monster

The Drone Iran Shot Down Was a $220M Surveillance Monster

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Thursday that the Northrup Grumman-made Global Hawk—part of a multi-billion-dollar program that dates back to 2001—had entered Iranian airspace and crashed in Iranian waters; US Central Command confirmed the time and general location of the attack, but insists that the drone was flying in international airspace.

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

Matternet's drones will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off. The drones, operating from specially designated pads at each location, will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off.

Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo

Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo

“We’re developing a big cargo drone,” says Elroy CEO Dave Merrill. As for what goes inside those pods, Merrill points to the potential for moving humanitarian supplies, like food, water, and blood.

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View DJI; Wired You know what happens when I get a new toy? But with this new toy, I am going to determine the angular field of view for the Spark camera.

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Some call it a green hell: As the invasive cactus species Opuntia engelmannii spreads in Kenya, it covers everything. Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Mapping Cactus Just as Lozada surmised, the cochineal insects are an extremely effective biocontrol.

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

Drone Scouts, of CourseWu has shot conceptual landscape photography in some of the world's most remote locations—East Java, Patagonia, Chile's Atacama Desert, Norway's Svalbard Archipelago—but this shoot, part of a mini-documentary about Wu's photography done as part of a Coors Light ad campaign, gave him the opportunity to highlight global warming by photographing a fast-receding glacier, one of the last in South America.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data

One drone had the owner's credit card information stored in a database that law enforcement officials were then able to access.Watson and NIST aren’t the only digital experts tapping into this cache of personal information that's flying around on drones.

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Now the Crayola folks make a proper chemistry set with 16 out-of-the-box projects and 34 more that use household ­ingredients, from erupting volcanoes and glow worms to three types of slime.$25Styling by Kiki StevensThis article appears in the September issue.