Drone demonstration day gives producers food for thought – ABC …

Drone demonstration day gives producers food for thought – ABC …

Horticulture group, Growcom, has hosted a drone demonstration to introduce south-east Queensland producers to the technology. Strawberry, stone fruit and avocado growers joined a group interested to learn how a near infrared agricultural drone could assist with early detection of crop stress and disease. Tony Gilbert owns Queensland Drones and launched a fixed-wing Ag Eagle drone, equipped with near infrared scanners, above a strawberry field at Oaklands Farm in Beerwah. “When the sun shines down…

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Drone racing champs: Australia's fastest crowned at weekend of speed

Drone racing champs: Australia's fastest crowned at weekend of speed

When the goggles are on there is no use trying to awaken a drone enthusiast from the near-total immersion of a white-knuckle showdown between some of the fastest competitors in Australia. You can brush past them and they don’t notice. It is what some call their Zen moment. They are part of a hive mind in a way: Just like the drone pilots, spectators also wear goggles, allowing them to tune into what the pilot…

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Helicopter drone used to drop self-destructing predatory bugs on …

Helicopter drone used to drop self-destructing predatory bugs on …

A helicopter-style drone is being used in the war against mites that suck the goodness out of growing crops. Aerobugs, a business run by former strawberry grower Nathan Roy, has taken off after Mr Roy invented and patented a system to air drop predatory mites into the fields. The predatory mites attack the chemically resistant two-spotted mites, which can decimate strawberry crops, before self-destructing. “For 25 years I grew strawberries with my family, and two…

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Bird-scaring drone saving seed crops in the Ord Valley

Bird-scaring drone saving seed crops in the Ord Valley

A farm in the Kimberley’s Ord Irrigation Scheme is having a lot of success using a drone to protect its seed crops from birds. At this time of year, Ord farmers are constantly battling the thousands of magpie geese, corellas and black cockatoos, which descend on the region looking for an easy feed. Pacific Seeds farm manager Peter Bagley said the bird-scaring drone was saving the company thousands of dollars. “For us it’s working brilliantly…

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The New GoPro Karma Looks Like The Most Versatile Drone Yet …

The New GoPro Karma Looks Like The Most Versatile Drone Yet …

GoPro just announced its long-awaited (and long-delayed) flying camera platform: Karma. The folding drone comes in a backpack and features a removable stabiliser as well as a simple controller with a built-in display. It all costs $1195.95 and will be available in a month. All images: GoPro Nick Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, made a big deal out of the Karma‘s portability and versatility at an announcement event today. “It’s so much more…

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GoPro Karma: Drone camera specs, price in Australia

GoPro Karma: Drone camera specs, price in Australia

GOPRO has unveiled its highly anticipated drone device as the company strengthens its push to become a platform for modern-day storytelling. The popular adventure sports camera producer showed off its new Karma drone equipped with its latest camera to allow users to achieve spectacular shots from above. Drone photography has become increasingly more popular with the advent of commercially available drones and GoPro founder and chief executive Nick Woodman showed off the much anticipated product…

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Mark Zuckerberg gifts model solar-powered drone to Pope Francis

Mark Zuckerberg gifts model solar-powered drone to Pope Francis

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has gifted Pope Francis a model of a solar-powered drone that is designed to “beam connectivity to places” without internet access. The 32-year-old and his wife Priscilla saw the Pope at the Vatican on Monday in a meeting he described as one “we’ll never forget”. “We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he’s found new ways to communicate with people of every faith…

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Domino’s delivery drones: Auckland, NZ pizza trial begins

Domino’s delivery drones: Auckland, NZ pizza trial begins

 NEW Zealand pizza lovers could be the first to grab a slice delivered by airborne robots, as Domino’s shows off its new drone in Auckland. Domino’s boss Don Meij said drone deliveries were the next step in the company’s plan to slash delivery times. “With the increased number of deliveries we make each year, we were faced with the challenge of ensuring our delivery times continue to decrease,” Mr Meij said. “This is the future.”…

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Domino’s Pizza to launch food delivery from drones next year

Domino’s Pizza to launch food delivery from drones next year

Domino’s Pizza plans to deliver food using drones, in partnership with Flirtey, with a commercial service launching early in 2017. PIZZAS will be falling from the skies within two months under a drone-delivery plan unveiled by Australian chain Domino’s today. The multibillion-dollar firm trialled the world’s first commercial pizza delivery today in conjunction with an Australian founded drone firm, with plans to make flying food deliveries widely available early next year. ROBOT FUTURE: Humanoid robots,…

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