About the Author

Scott Simmie

Scott Simmie is a career multi-platform journalist now specializing in drones and other technology content creation.

He’s worked at senior levels for CBC National News and the Toronto Star, reporting from such locations as China, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia and more. While at The Star, he covered the X Prize in Mojave – the competition that led to Virgin Galactic and sparked space tourism. He has reported from multiple conflict zones, as an EMMY Nominee, and is the co-author of three best-selling, non-fiction books.

Scott has been working in the world of drones since late 2014. His clients have included DJI.

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January 15

Drones with live video feeds have become a major concern in the world of horse racing. The devices are being used to give bettors an unfair advantage for “live” betting. And yes, this is news to us as well.

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We all know DJI is the global leader when it comes to drones. But the company could be expanding into other realms, says Reuters, including self-driving vehicle technology.

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In what appears to be a first, a drone pilot has pleaded guilty to colliding his drone into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. It’s believed to be the first criminal conviction in the United States for unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft.

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As you know, we often feature videos from drone pilots, along with a brief interview. Today, we’re going to mix things up by highlighting some terrific aerial photography.

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January 14

The privacy watchdog in France has banned the use of drones for the purpose of monitoring people during the pandemic and also by law enforcement as a generic monitoring tool. Some groups had been arguing that drone camera use since the pandemic was overly intrusive and an invasion of privacy.

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For those of you who were watching the Blue Origin rocket flight today, you might have noticed some great video taken from the air. If you thought there were drones involved… you were right!

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DJI dropped a new video on YouTube today. It’s not to promote any specific new product, but rather a showreel highlighting some of the most jaw-dropping shots captured during 2020. And yes, as you’d expect, it’s good.

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Want to learn FPV? Before you head out and slam something into a tree, first practice in a situation where those sorts of mishaps don’t result in repairs. Fly a simulator.

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The ability to detect drones is important. And, over the course of two nights last fall, a division of the NYPD carried out an ambitious exercise designed to test multiple drone detection technologies.

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January 13

As you’ve likely heard, DJI sort of released its upgraded digital FPV goggles. We say sort of because the product appeared in the store and then promptly disappeared again. Some influencers, however, have already had a look.

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A new video released by Dragonfly shows a new capability for one of its products: spraying disinfectant over seats and surfaces in stadiums.

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As you’ve likely heard, Sony revealed the first clear look at its new Airpeak drone this week. It’s a high-end unit intended for professional aerial photography and cinematography. But it’s not all made by Sony.

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Another unique drone design has caught our attention. The Voliro drone, for reasons you’re about to see, can do things that others simply can’t.

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January 12

China’s EHang took another great leap forward in its push toward Urban Air Mobility. A new video hints that its passenger-carrying drone is ready to start UAM services in one Chinese city.

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Ever heard of snocross? Think motocross combined with snowmobiles. Now picture an FPV drone following the action.

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We always enjoy coming across a drone that has new capabilities. And we’ve never seen a drone like this one.

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Sony unveiled its new Airpeak drone yesterday. There aren’t many details yet, and the company hasn’t released specifications. But this is, in our view, very significant news.

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Romeo Durscher, who for years was the public safety face of DJI, has been hired by Auterion. The company is an open-source drone software platform, and Durscher will be the new vice-president of public safety. He brings a wealth of experience to the company, as well as an outstanding reputation amongst First Responders.

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January 11

Sony has finally taken the wraps off of its new Airpeak drone. The name “Airpeak” refers to the company’s new line of drones, with today’s model intended for high-end photography and videography using the Alpha series of cameras.

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The Skydio X2 – an AI-enhanced drone made for Enterprise and First Responder use – has been recognized with an award prior to CES 2021. The virtual convention gets fully under way January 12.

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