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Intel mini drones make indoor light show debut

BY SASHA LEKACH

It may not be the 1,200 drones that transformed into snowboarders and the Olympic rings for the Winter Games earlier this year, but 50 Intel Shooting Star Mini drones lit up a multi-level store building for a Pride celebration in San Francisco Friday night. 

With electric cellist Tina Guo playing covers of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Katy Perry’s Firework, the light show with Intel’s lightweight yet durable mini drones made from foam and plastic enthralled a small audience gathered on the first floor of the downtown AT&T store. The historic building from the 1920s used to be a bank.

It was the first indoor show for the drones, which are equipped with LED lights that can make more than 4 billion color combinations. Performer Guo quipped before the show that she hoped no errant drones clipped anyone.

See More: Mashable

Uber Plans to Test Food Delivery by Drone

By Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government on Wednesday, said Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive officer.

Khosrowshahi said people should expect meal delivery in five to 30 minutes, depending on whether it comes from a drone or a human. “Push a button and get food on your doorstep,” he said. Uber is now the largest food delivery business in the world, Khosrowshahi told the crowd during an on-stage interview with Bloomberg at an Uber conference in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Transportation Department said it chose 10 state, local and tribal governments and a handful of companies, including Alphabet Inc.FedEx Corp.Intel Corp.Qualcomm Inc. and Uber, to work together on commercial drone testing.
Hamburgers via drone was among a range of topics that Khosrowshahi touched on during the interview at the company’s flying car conference, Uber Elevate. While the CEO said he’d joined Uber last year as a skeptic of the flying car program, he eventually decided to support the futuristic endeavor. “Uber can’t just be about cars,” he said. “It has to be about mobility.”
Uber itself isn’t building flying cars. Instead, it’s striking partnerships with companies, along with government agencies like NASA and the U.S. Army, with the hope that pilot programs will begin in 2020.
Read More: Bloomberg

Ocean Alliance and FlightWave Aero Trial Fixed-Wing Drone for Whale Research

By: Malek Murison

Our friends at Ocean Alliance have been pioneering the use of drones for marine research for quite some time. But until very recently, those drones were essentially off-the-shelf quadcopters, modified to be flying Petri dishes capable of collecting whale snot without disturbing the animals.

These flying ‘SnotBots’ gather biological data that gives researchers an insight into the health of individual whales and their habitats. They also make gathering data cheaper, easier and safer.

We’ve highlighted Ocean Alliance’s work in the past for two reasons. Apart from being a unique and inspiring application of drone technology, the charity has also partnered with some of the industry’s big hitters.

They worked with DJI to take the SnotBot program to the next level, which you can read about in more detail here. And last year the Ocean Alliance team went one step further, partnering with Intel to combine drones and machine learning to identify whales in the big blue in almost real-time.

Read More: Drone Life