In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the FCC, ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.
“This is, in ARRL’s view, a potentially very serious interference problem, and it is respectfully requested that the products referenced…be investigated and removed from the marketplace immediately and that the importers be subjected to normal sanctions,”
Imagine a system where photographers could keep tabs on their gear by using RFID tags. That’s the concept behind KitSentry, and if it sounds promising, a lot of people thought so too. Developed by respected camera bag manufacturer F-Stop Gear, the project began over a year ago with a successful Kickstarter campaign that easily blew past its modest $18,000 goal, raising over $27,000 in total. Now, after a year and a half of no progress being made, F-Stop has officially canceled the project. Worse, backers won’t get their money refunded.
The Parrot Mambo, which comes with an attachable gun that can fire small pellets that look like BB gun bullets.
There’s also an optional claw that can be fixed to the front and used to pick up small objects.
This will mark the first time Parrot has offered proper accessories for its drones. We’re told that the gun and claw will be packaged with the Mambo when it debuts, but can be attached to other future drones that come with accessory ports.