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A Drone Through Africa

Relais & Châteaux Africa commissioned a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter to capture some of the majestic scenery and wildlife that call Africa its home. Have a look at the wonderful drone’s-eye views of Cape Town’s picturesque coastlines, the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, and herds of wandering elephant on the plains of northern Botswana. Check out A Drone Through Africa below, and be sure to watch it in HD.

[via Rhino Africa]

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Umbrellas, Drones, and OK Go

Alt-rock band OK Go trade treadmills for self-balancing unicyles in the music video to their infectious disco tune, I Won’t Let You Down.

The one-take video shot from a camera onboard a multi-copter drone follows the band as they start a synchronized dance riding Honda’s UNI-CUB personal transport devices. The action gets more ambitious and complicated as the camera takes to the skies over Japan’s Chiba prefecture and captures a veritable army of dancers opening and closing their umbrellas in time to the song. It’s a delight but you wouldn’t expect anything less from OK Go. Check it out below.

[via @NeverGlade_ZA]

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Drones Over O’ahu

I went took a crash course on how to pilot a drone. I crashed, of course.

In the capable hands, UAV drones can capture glorious scenes. Hawaiian Eric Sterman took to the skies with a DJI Phantom quadcopter equipped with a GoPro camera and shot some breathtaking footage of surfers as they rode the huge waves in the Banzai Pipeline on O’ahu’s North Shore. Have a look at the gnarly surf video below.

[via Holy Kaw!]

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A Drone’s-Eye View of Burning Man 2013

Every year for the past 23 years, the state of Nevada prepares for an invasion during the last week of August. At this year’s Burning Man Festival, some 68,000 people gathered together in the dusty Black Rock Desert for a week of booze, dance, and self-expression. The culmination of festival was the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, The Man.

The festival has become so big that it can been seen from space. A European Space Agency satellite snapped this photo in 2011 from a height of 600 kilometres above the Earth. Here’s a closer look at this year’s revelry courtesy of Eddie Codel and his DJI Phantom quadcopter. Codel’s UAV took to the skies and captured daytime views of the major art pieces including The Man, the wooden pyramidal complex called The Temple of Whollyness, and Marco Cochrane’s “Truth is Beauty” sculpture.

To see photos from Burning Man, have a look at The Atlantic’s gallery.

[via The Week]

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Meet Charlene, the Quadrotor With a Machine Gun

By his own admission, Dmitri Potapoff over at FPSRussia has seen some pretty crazy shit but Charlene is unlike anything he has ever seen. The Charlene that he is referring to is a prototype quadrotor that has a submachine gun mounted on it. Charlene can fly up to 50 KM/h and can soar up to 400 metres above the ground.

In this tech demo, Dmitri shows how Charlene deals with some unwelcome guests. She also lights up a dinner party that she wasn’t invited to.

[thanks Tim!]