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?

You’ll have to watch and find out:

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, “It was important that we push the technology in a way that verges on impossible.”

The results are certainly impressive, and show how drones are adding new versatility and capabilities to the way stories get told.

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?

You’ll have to watch and find out:

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:

Real-Life Space Invaders Video Game Uses Drones And Lasers

For GeekCon 2016, Tomer Daniel and a crew of twelve hackers, welders, and coders built a real-life version of Space Invaders using drones as targets!

Players of Space Invaders with Drones sit on a turret that slides back and forth on rails, and they take aim at flying drones with their laser canon. When a drone is hit, the alien lights turn off, and the drone automatically returns to the ground and lands.

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