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  1. Tech

    Innovative Dad Pulls Son’s Baby Tooth Using Flying Drone [Video]

    Apparently the "slamming door" method was just too boring for Malcolm Swan and his brave son, Adam. Instead, the pair removed Adam's baby tooth the good old fashioned way—by tying it to a DJI Phantom Quadcopter and then letting the drone rip. Sadly, Adam's tooth was never recovered, but I think the Tooth Fairy will still pay up.

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  2. Tech

    Drone Captures Incredible Footage of Dolphin Stampede

    Apparently there is a positive aspect to drones (besides their ability to deliver useless things to lazy people.) The technology offers a surprisingly noninvasive way to capture footage of wildlife—such as this insane video of a DOLPHIN STAMPEDE. Watch to the end for bonus baby humpbacks.

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  3. Tech

    We Tested (and Broke) the ThinkGizmos Turbo Drone Micro Quadcopter, Here’s What We Thought

    The nice people at Paramountzone.com sent us this adorable little drone to test out. It's the ThinkGizmos Turbo Drone Micro Quadcopter. We had dreams of interoffice aerial dominance, but our hopes were dashed when we realized this thing takes skill to fly—skill we do not have.

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  4. Tech

    Drone Strike: Quadrotor Camera Smacks Newlyweds During Photo Shoot [Video]

    When it's your wedding day you want everything to go off without a hitch, but when it's somebody else's wedding day sometimes those hitches are the best part. This video shows a newlywed couple getting smacked with a quadrotor drone camera during their photo shoot, and I can't stop laughing.

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  5. Science

    A Quadcopter You Can Pilot With Your Thoughts? Sure, We’ve Got That [Video]

    Full disclosure -- we've brought you news of quadcopters that you can fly with your mind before. That doesn't make the University of Minnesota's latest addition to the pack any less awesome. The copter designed by professor Bin He and his team has some pretty smooth moves, maneuvering itself through an obstacle course of ballons much more gracefully than I did the last time I had to navigate an obstacle course full of ballon rings.

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  6. Tech

    Meet MeCam, The $50 Surveillance Drone That Will Watch You Wherever You Go Next Year

    Have you always wanted a tiny robot that hovers behind you, documenting your every move, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a lumbering UAV or a quadcopter so noisy it can't join you inside fancy restaurants? Of course you have, because it's pretty clearly the coolest part of living in a self-inflicted Orwellian police state. Well, your long wait is getting close to over with the announcement of MeCam, a tiny, digital camera-equipped quadcopter that will follow you around and upload pictures and videos of you to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and more in real time. Even better? The MeCam is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and should retail for just $50 when it comes to market early next year, meaning you'll never again have to worry about living an unexamined life.

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  7. Tech

    Spying on Unsuspecting Moose With a Quadcopter’s a Norwegian Pastime [Video]

    Winter is a notoriously dull time of year for many people living in Norway, since there's not much one can do when everything is covered in a white blanket of snow. That is aside from the country's time-honored recreational activity: Sending out quadcopters rigged with video cameras to spy on the local moose population. Do they appreciate this unsolicited attention? Probably not, as moose are incapable of human levels of speech, but that should by no means stop you from watching some Norwegians laughing at a curious moose as though it were some cheeky Monty Python sketch.

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  8. Tech

    Father Builds Child-Tracking Quadcopter To Accompany His Kid To The Bus Stop

    Tired of walking your kid to the bus stop every morning? Inventive dad Paul Wallich was. That's why he outsourced the gig to a quadcopter keyed in to track a GPS beacon stashed in his son's backpack. The result is a pretty amazing piece of high-tech parenting -- a flying drone that can follow his child from a set distance and make sure the kid stays out of trouble.

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  9. Tech

    New Breed of Flying Robot Sees and Avoids Obstacles With Real Time 3D Vision

    Researchers at Cornell University working on a grant from DARPA have crafted a quadrocopter robot that can navigate around obstacles in real-time using a new type of 3D vision. This autonomous vision could pave the way for flying rescue robots that don't have to be controlled by humans and can enter caves or broken-down buildings and navigate on their own. Of course, it also paves the way for flying murderbots that can see us wherever we hide and means no place will ever be safe again, but, you know, you take the good with the bad.

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  10. Tech

    Is this Quadrotor Light Show an Astonishing Artistic Feat or Grim Vision of the Future?

    At this year's Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase held at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, 16 quadrotor robots put on an unbelievable show. Using mirrors, LEDs, and some kind of sound manipulation system, the robots beeped and booped through a wigged out techno piece chillingly called "Meet Your Creator." Art or ultimatum, you need to watch this. Video, after the break.

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  11. Weird

    Artist Turns His Dead Cat Into a Terrifying Quadcopter

    Dutch artist Bart Jansen was in mourning after his cat was run over by a car and killed. In the midst of his grief, inspiration struck Jansen: Take his cat's stuffed, tanned body and turn it into a quadrotor helicopter. And the name of this deceased, flying feline? Orville.

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  12. Science

    Quadrotor Robots Work Together to Assemble Massive Sculpture from 1,500 Bricks

    We've seen quadrotor robots do some pretty amazing things, but Raffaello D'Andrea has taken robotic art to new heights when he teamed up with architects Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler to build a 20-foot tall tower from 1,500 foam bricks. The twist is that each brick was carefully placed by an autonomous flying drone, and is on display while under construction.

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