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
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:
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:
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:
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?
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:
Many drones carry cameras, but some drone pilots aren’t satisfied with just taking photos and videos.
Most people are happy to attach
The DJI Phantom 4 is now shipping, which means it’s a great time to do a review roundup and see what everyone thinks.
There are a lot of drone-specific sites that have published their review of the DJI Phantom 4, but what does the mainstream media think?
Here is a roundup of the best reviews of the Phantom 4, including videos that show off what DJI’s