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Delivering a keynote speech at Fort Mason on Wednesday, Facebook chief technical officer Mike Schroepfer strapped on a virtual reality headset and started chatting with an avatar of a Facebook employee in Menlo Park.

His co-worker Mike Booth, who is working on social VR for the tech firm, handed him a sphere with a 360-degree photo and the duo transported themselves to different places.

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Image Credits: dronelife.com
Image Credits: dronelife.com

Some of the latest consumer drones, such as the DJI Phantom 4, come with an obstacle avoidance system. They’re designed for stationary and slow-moving objects, however, like trees and cyclists, rather than aircraft ripping through the sky at 550mph. That poses a problem if we ever want manned and unmanned aircraft playing nicely in the sky.

To help, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a new sense-and-avoid (SAA) system. The group recently conducted its first test flight, demonstrating that a shoebox-sized prototype can effectively detect and track a Cessna 172G aircraft approaching from different angles.

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If you give or receive a drone for the holidays this year, you should know that it may come with a bit of red tape.

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering new rules that would require owners of the unmanned flying vehicles to register with the agency. At least as it’s being discussed, the process would be fairly easy; users would simply have to provide their name and address and potentially acknowledge that they’ve read through some safety guidelines.

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The government has apparently taken note of recent news that suggests around a million new consumer drones will be unwrapped in the U.S. this Christmas. According to a report from NBC News, the Department of Transportation (DoT) is about to announce plans that’ll require new drone owners to register their flying machines with the authorities.

The DoT is expected to reveal details of the registration system as early as Monday, and the process should be up and running by the holiday season, sources told NBC News.

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Recent FAA filings by Google for two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) caused a bit of a stir among a number of tech news sites Tuesday, with many wondering if the Mountain View company was on the verge of unveiling a follow-up to Project Wing, a delivery-drone initiative put on hold by the company earlier this year.

However, it now appears that the filings are linked to Google’s efforts to bring Internet connectivity to remote and under-served regions of the world.

Originally spotted by Engadget, the FAA papers reveal code names for not one but two new UAVs – M2 and B3 – with both comprising “fixed wing multi-engine” designs.

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FLYBi promises to turn anyone into a professional drone pilot with its new drone that automates many of the difficult tasks that frustrate new drone users. What makes the FLYBi particularly fascinating is its ability to take off, hover, and land autonomously with little to no intervention by the operator. It even has the capability to fly back to its home base and change batteries when they drop dangerously low.

The FLYBi has all the standard droid features such as a remote control, a companion app, and a 12MP camera capable of recording 1080 HD video. However, this is where the comparisons to modern drones effectively end. The FLYBi’s camera unit is installed on a gimbal connected to a head-tracking unit, which allows the user to control the camera using only the movement of their head.

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LAS VEGAS, United States – Hackers’ arsenal on Sunday was beefed up with a drone armed with weapons to crack into wireless computer networks at close range, whether they be in skyscrapers or walled compounds.

David Jordan of US-based Aerial Assault was at an infamous Def Con hacker gathering showing off a drone that could be dispatched on missions to land atop buildings or hover outside walls and probe for cracks in computer networks.

“There has never been this capability before,” Jordan said as he showed the drone to AFP.

The drone was equipped with software tools used to perform the kind of “penetration testing” done by hackers or computer security professionals who seek vulnerabilities in computer networks.

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