7.17.19 Hover Board, Drone - Same Thing

"We had a 77-year-old gentleman who wandered off from his home. We found him within 26 minutes. The helicopter had just left the hangar." -- Sgt. Jim Baker, Collier County Sheriff's Office and Lee County Sheriff's Office



Menlo Park goes all out with earthquake tech.

The west coast was pretty shaken up last week when two giant earthquakes hit Southern California just hours apart. Our minds always go straight to the first responders -- how are they staying safe and how have they been preparing for this moment all along (because we know how hard y' all train). That's why we were glad to see our buddies in Menlo Park showing off some new tech that works together with an existing network of underground sensors. So as soon as an earthquake is detected, they can spring into action -- a system automatically shuts off their gas, turns on their lights, opens their door, and activates their speakers. Pretty cool.

But that's not the only tech we have to tell you about since this is obviously a public safety drone newsletter, right? That means you better believe they're updating their drone program and stocking every station with a "go bag" full of drone goodies! You know what's cool about their gear? Their drones are unlocked and can fly without restrictions (like geofencing) because they're part of the DJI Qualified Entities Program (QEP). 

What you need to know:

  • Two massive earthquakes jolted Southern California last week.

  • Menlo Park is upping its emergency response game with some new tech, including an updated drone program.

  • Curious how they have a bunch of unlocked drones in their fleet? Call us, and we'll hook you up!

Why should you care?

  • When it comes to disaster preparedness, drones continue to be top of the list when it comes to new-tech solutions.



Here's one costly way to get out of traffic

You better believe we'll be hopping aboard something like this on our way Skyfire HQ someday! I mean seriously, how cool is this?! Okay, maybe it's equal parts fresh and kinda terrifying if we're all honest here. The thing you see above is called the Hexa, made by Lift Aircraft. It has 18 propellers, room for a single passenger and chases speeds of up to 60mph. Several other companies are all working on their own versions of the air taxi, and they're pretty sweet looking if you search around. So how close are we to seeing these things take over our daily commute? As you can imagine, there are a lot of hoops to jump -- er, fly?! -- through as far as regulations go. So it might be like a decade. I know, I know -- that feels like forever, doesn't it? And you want to ride in one now, don't you? Well, good news! You can fly a Hexa recreationally soon -- just fork over $250 for a 15-minute ride.

What you need to know:

  • Lift Aircraft's Hexa can fly a single passenger up to 60mph.

  • Several companies like Uber and Boeing are working on their own air taxis.

  • You can fly the Hexa yourself within the next year!

Why should you care?

  • This is the future, y' all! And even though air taxis might not be legal for several more years, it's still pretty sweet to dream about in rush hour.



This might just be the future of military tech… or not?

Full disclosure: This story is not about drones. It's about a hoverboard, which is kind of close to a drone. And since you like drones, you'd probably be interested in hoverboards. Not only that -- a man is flying around on top of this hoverboard with… wait a minute... is that a rifle?! Why yes, yes it is. It's a man on a hoverboard flying with a gun. Need we say more? Click here to watch him in action.

What you need to know:

  • New military tech was showcased at Bastille Day in France.

  • That included this hoverboard thingamajig (apparently it's actually called a "flyboard").

  • The rider is an inventor and jet ski champion who set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight.

Why should you care?

  • Because your buddies probably haven't seen this one yet, so you get to show it off at the station and grab a few laughs!



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A shout out to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in southwest Florida, who we spotted in the news this week showing off their drone program. Sgt. Jim Baker had so many great things to say about how the technology is helping his department: From finding missing people to getting birdseye views of evolving situations.

Get the full story here.

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Alright, folks -- that’s it! Hope you have a great week!

P.S. You digging Propellerheads? Yeah? Us, too! Why don't you forward it over to a buddy or encourage them to sign up here. We have a blast putting it together each week and the more the merrier!