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An Alaska company that makes a parachute system for drones came to Rome to conduct federal validation tests for its product. Indemnis sent a team to the New York Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome in December to demonstrate its Nexus parachute system, according to a news release issued Wednesday by DJI, the Shenzhen, China-based maker of a line of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and NUAIR. DJI has lines of drones for use in photography, film making, law enforcement, construction, agriculture and consumers. The companies began working together two years ago to develop a system that can deploy instantly if a drone gets into trouble. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibits most drone operations over people, but operators can get a waiver if they show they have safety measures.
From swooping landscapes to the most dramatic selfie vids ever, a drone can capture it all. These tips will help make your footage extra fly. The first setting to adjust is frame rate: 30 frames per second looks like reality TV, while 24 fps looks like a Hollywood feature--set it to 24. You typically want to shoot in 4K, which will capture the tiniest details and give you flexibility to crop the frame while editing. For action shots, opt for 1080p at 60 or even 120 fps, so you can slow down the footage later.
The world's largest drone-maker, DJI, has reported that it will take a loss of up to a billion yuan ($150 million) due to employee fraud, according to Bloomberg and other sources. The company said that it fired multiple employees who apparently inflated parts costs to pad their own pockets. DJI discovered the "extensive" corruption during an internal probe and has contacted law enforcement. The corruption probe is one of the largest ever in the recent history of Chinese tech, according to Bloomberg. "DJI condemns any form of corruption strongly and has set up a high-level anti-corruption task force to investigate further and strengthen anti-corruption measures," the company said.
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. After 45 hours of research and test flying 14 models, we think the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for aspiring aerial photographers and videographers thanks to its high-end camera, autonomous obstacle avoidance, long battery life, and portability. Pilots of all skill levels will find it to be exceptionally reliable and easy to fly. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad-branded camera (DJI bought a majority stake in the camera brand in 2017), which captures 20-megapixel photographs and 4K videos that look more colorful than those captured by the competition. Its ability to sense and avoid obstacles in all directions and steadily hold its position even in moderate winds lets you focus on your cinematography instead of worrying about keeping the drone steady. It also features DJI's smart-flight modes like ActiveTrack, which directs the drone to autonomously follow and film a subject while still avoiding obstacles. Its 31-minute battery life means you don't have to land for a battery swap as often as other drones, and at 8.4 by 3.6 by 3.3 inches folded and 2 pounds, you can take the Mavic 2 Pro almost anywhere--it fits exceptionally well in our top pick for drone backpacks. It's also compatible with the DJI Goggles FPV headset we recommend.
The Army used a cutting-edge Israeli anti-drone system to defeat the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that brought misery to hundreds of thousands of people at Gatwick airport. The British Army bought six'Drone Dome' systems for £15.8 million in 2018 and the technology is used in Syria to destroy ISIS UAVs. Police had been seen on Thursday with an off-the-shelf DJI system that tracks drones made by that manufacturer and shows officers where the operator is (DJI is the most popular commercial drone brand.) However, the drone used at Gatwick is thought to have been either hacked or an advanced non-DJI drone, which rendered the commercial technology used by the police useless. At that point, the Army's'Drone Dome' system made by Rafael was called in.
Back in 2015, drone-maker DJI began putting some of its image-stabilization technology into hand-held camera gimbals. The first, called the Osmo, was well-received among the prosumer crowd, because it let users capture unshaky video on either a smartphone or on the device itself. Since then, DJI has released a series of updates to the Osmo, including the smartphone-supporting Osmo Mobile. Now DJI is putting out its most pocketable Osmo ever--suitably named the Osmo Pocket. It has a tiny color touchscreen, so you can see and control your video capture directly from the device, or you can attach your smartphone via USB-C or Lightning and use your phone as a viewfinder.
Check Point Researchers developed an attack to hijack DJI drone user accounts that may contain the user's sensitive information as well as access to the device itself. Researchers developed an XSS attack that could be posted on a DJI forum that is used by hundreds of thousands of DJI customers, to intercept the identifying token and use it to log in as the customer, according to a Nov. 11 blog post. The attack demonstrates the vulnerability in the drone's cloud network which can be accessed from anywhere by highlighting the need for a two-factor authentication mechanism, better identification mechanisms, and the importance of segmentation for organizations across their IT networks in order to contain and limit the damage inflicted by a potential attack. The attacker enters the web forum, steals the cookie ID and login, then either uses the stolen information to either bypass SeNeo Mobile protection to access a DJI mobile app or to access the full DJI Flight Hub. Once this is done, the threat actor has access to the drone's flight records, photos taken during flight, payment details, real-time access to the drones camera,, and a live view of the drone pilot's camera and location.
A worrying vulnerability in DJI drones gave hackers complete access to a user's account without them realizing it. Security researchers from Check Point in March discovered a flaw in DJI's cloud infrastructure that allowed attackers to take over users' accounts and access private data like drone logs with location data, maps, account information and photos or videos taken during flight. However, DJI said it patched the vulnerability in September. A worrying vulnerability in DJI drones gave hackers complete access to a user's account. Users fell prey to the attack by clicking on a malicious link shared through DJI Forum, an online forum the firm runs for user discussions about its products.