19.2.13

YOUR PRIVATE DRONE.

At the July 2011 Gettysburg re-enactment, site marshals asked spectators to ground their heli-camera for fear it would spook the horses.


You'll see the camera grounded to the left of the spectator in blue shirt and tan shorts.  It looks a lot like the robot camera that turns up in football coverage.  The one in the stadium travels on some overhead wires.  This one is a remote controlled helicopter.  It's not the only incarnation of a private drone (via Drudge).
The drones sell for as little as $350, making them increasingly popular with the general public, and worrying those who believe the technology has the potential to be a peeping Tom in the sky.

Associate Professor Kevin Heller from the Melbourne Law School says the idea that private citizens can buy drones and record footage directly onto smartphones had serious privacy implications.

He said that while ''not everybody who buys these drones is a closet criminal … there are infinite mischievous possibilities''.
As cheap and light as digital cameras have become, a clever hobbyist might be able to do some kitbashing.

The same site offers another remote-controlled helicopter that raises the possibility of being able to take out a neighbor someday.

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