How To Build A Camera Drone That Doesn’t Require FAA Registration

The Hummingbird Drone weighs less than 250 grams, which keeps it off the FAA radar, but manages to carry the guts of a GoPro Hero4 Black along for the ride, providing a ton of video power in a very small package.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires you to register any drone that weighs more than .55 pounds, or 250 grams. (Click HERE for a guide on how to register your drone with the FAA.) If the drone weighs less than 250 grams, the FAA considers it a “children’s toys” and doesn’t require you to register it, and there are fewer restrictions over how you can use it.

Seeing an opportunity, Droneworks Studios decided to find out how much tech they could cram into a drone that weighs less than the 250 gram limit, and came up with the 368 Hummingbird Drone, named after Casey Neistat’s company, 368.

The Hummingbird Drone weighs less than 250 grams, but manages to carry the guts of a GoPro Hero4 Black along for the ride, giving you a ton of video power in a very small package. As a result, they were able to fly around New York City (a city that is normally very restrictive to regular drones) and created a video that highlights Casey Neistat’s new 368 offices:

The main limitation is that the battery only provides about 3 minutes of flight time, but because of its size, you can fly the 368 Hummingbird Drone through areas that no other drone is capable of.

If you’re interested in building your own 368 Hummingbird Drone, Droneworks Studios put together this great instructional video that covers all the steps:

In addition to some basic tools and a soldering iron, you will need:

BLADE Torrent 110 FPV Quadcopter
GoPro Hero4 Black
Spektrum Dx8 Tranmitter
Fat Shark Goggles

Drone Saves Two Swimmers In Australia During World’s First Drone Rescue

Lifeguards used a Westpac Little Ripper LifeSaver drone to save two stranded teenagers caught in a rip current off the coast of Australia.

In Lennox Head, Australia, the world’s first drone rescue took place when lifeguards were able to use a Westpac Little Ripper LifeSaver drone to deploy an inflatable rescue pod to two stranded teenagers caught in a rip current from powerful surf conditions.

Drones are already capable of some pretty impressive things, and as drone technology advances and they’re able to carry larger and larger payloads, we’re going to see them continue to be used in new and unique situations, like saving lives at popular beaches and surf spots.

Government officials, including New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro, called the incident a “world first” and emphasized that it was significantly quicker to get to the location using a drone than it would have been with lifeguards swimming out into the surf.

The drone, a Stella X1000 8-rotor UAV from InnoFlight, was equipped to carry special lightweight You Little Beauty (ULB) lifesaving pods, like the water activated personal floatation device used in this rescue. The pods are specifically designed to meet drone payload limitations, and automatically operate when deployed by the drone.

What’s even crazier is that lifeguards were being trained on how to use the Little Ripper LifeSaver system when they were told about the drowning boys, so they were able to deploy the drone into a real lifesaving situation almost immediately.

Here’s a video of the dramatic rescue, as captured by the drone’s onboard camera:

Bathtub Drone Can Lift A Human Pilot And Go Grocery Shopping

The Bathtub Drone is a DIY drone project that shows what’s possible with advanced drone technology and a little bit of ingenuity.

As drone technology continues to progress, one advantage is that DIYers have access to bigger motors, better control systems, stronger batteries, and more advanced sensors that leverage the technology being created for consumer drones. With this new drone technology, they’re able to do things that were impossible only a few years ago. For example: A flying bathtub drone that can carry a human!

The Real Life Guys are 20-year-old German twins who build crazy DIY projects and then share them on YouTube. Their latest project is the Bathtub Drone, a manned multicopter they built out of four very large drone motors attached to a regular old bathtub:

I wouldn’t expect DJI to start making their own bathtub drone any time soon, but for a DIY drone project, it’s a pretty neat idea, and seems to work really well. In fact, it works so well that they decided to put the pilot inside the bathtub, and then fly to the local market!

Check out their drone shopping video, and then imagine what else is going to be possible in the next few years as drone technology continues to advance:

Hitting A DJI Mavic Pro With A Bicycle

The DJI Mavic Pro is great for getting action sports shots, but sometimes you can get a little too close to the action…

We’ve covered drone crashes before, but as more people get more drones and use them in more places, the number of crazy drone crashes is just going to increase. The good news is, like most drone videos, even the drone crashes usually look pretty good!

In this video, the crew from XtremeTeamTV were performing bicycle tricks off a ramp into Port Bay, when one guy needed to bail out and let go of his bike in mid-air. Unfortunately for their DJI Mavic Pro, it was a little too close to the action, and got a front-row seat to its own demise:

Which DJI Drone Is Right For You?

There are many different DJI drones available, and they come in different shapes, sizes, features, and prices. So which DJI drone is right for you?

There’s no doubt about it: DJI makes the best consumer drones, and if you’re looking for a well-built, reliable, and feature-packed drone, a DJI drone is the one to get. But as DJI has increased in popularity, the number of drones they offer has increased as well. There are now many different drones available, and they come in different shapes, sizes, features, and prices. So which DJI drone is right for you?

DJI Spark

DJI Spark
The DJI Spark is the smallest and cheapest drone that DJI offers, but despite the small size, it’s still packed with big features. Whether you’re a beginner that’s looking to get your first drone, or a drone expert that wants something fun to play with, the Spark won’t disappoint. With a price tag under $500, the Spark is small, compact, and ready-to-fly. The camera shoots 12-megapixel photos and full 1080p HD video, and can be controlled with easy-to-use settings like Gesture Control, Quick Shot, and Active Track. There are obstacle avoidance sensors that keep the Spark out of trouble, and you can even fly the drone from your smartphone for quick and easy flights. Or add the remote controller for advanced control and even more features. The DJI Spark is fun to fly, easy to bring with you, and an affordable entry point into the world of drones.

Click HERE to buy the DJI Spark

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro
When the DJI Mavic Pro debuted, it quickly became one of DJI’s most popular consumer drones. The Mavic Pro has many of the same features as the Phantom, but it folds up into a surprisingly small size that makes the Mavic Pro easy to bring with you anywhere you want to go. For less than $1,000 you get an advanced drone that can fly for up to 25 minutes at distances of up to 3 miles. Plus the high-quality camera shoots 12-megapixel photos, and 4K HD video at 30fps. In addition to sensors on the bottom, the Mavic Pro includes obstacle avoidance sensors on the front as well, so you can easily fly it through tight spaces without worrying about crashing into something. With a great combination of probability and functionality, the Mavic Pro is the perfect drone for someone who’s looking for a high-end drone that they can bring with them anywhere they want to go, without sacrificing features for portability.

Click HERE to buy the DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4
The DJI Phantom 4 is DJI’s bread and butter, and basically launched the consumer drone revolution. If you’re looking to get a drone for high quality photography and videography use, then the Phantom 4 is the one to get. The Phantom 4 is bigger than both the Spark and Mavic Pro, but with that larger size comes higher quality, more stability, longer flight times, and additional features. The camera on the Phantom 4 can shoot 20-megapixel images and 4K HD video at up to 60fps, and its 30 minutes of flight time and 3 mile range give you plenty of time to get that perfect shot. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro has sensors on the front, back, sides, and bottom to help you automatically avoid obstacles and stay stable in the air while you capture that perfect shot. If you’re serious about photography or videography and want to capture images from new heights, then you’ll love the Phantom 4.

Click HERE to buy the DJI Phantom 4

Conclusion
If you’re looking for a high-quality, easy-to-use, feature-packed drone that will be reliable and fun, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the DJI drones. The Spark is perfect for first-time drone buyers, or someone who just wants to have fun while flying and taking the occasional photo or video. The Mavic Pro is perfect for anyone who wants to bring their drone with them whenever they travel, and is willing to sacrifice a few extra features for more portability. The Phantom 4 is perfect for the person who wants a drone that can do anything, and is packed with the latest and greatest features in a drone that has been refined and perfected over many iterations. Whatever drone you decide to get, just remember to have fun, fly often, and share your amazing photos and videos with us using #DroneRazor!

Drone Race: Human vs. Machine

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been researching drone autonomy for more than two years, and recently decided to test their research by hosting a race between a drone operated by a human, and one operated by artificial intelligence.

So who’s faster?

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Watch A Short Film Shot In A Single Take By A Single Drone

At The End Of The Cul-de-Sac does something that no other short film has attempted: It uses a single drone to capture the entire scene, shot in a single take, and requiring a well-choreographed dance from both drone and actors:

To prepare for the shoot, the team created a low-res CG animatic of the entire short. This allowed them to plan everything out before they ever arrived on set, and it gave the cast and crew something to study ahead of time so they could perfect their movements:

According to director Paul Trillo,

What Happens When A Drone Gets Struck By Lightning?

To find out what happens when a drone is struck by lightning, YouTuber Tom Scott took a DJI Phantom 3 to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they hit it with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV.

So did the drone survive, or did it get blown into tiny little electrified pieces?

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Setapp Pranks Fishermen With Flying Fish Delivered By Drone

A few fishermen in an Orlando lake got quite a surprise when a DJI Inspire drone flew over them with a fish in a basket.

Setapp’s marketing message is “Take the easy way.” so they found a few fishermen in an Orlando lake, and flew a fish over to them using a DJI Inspire drone: