It’s a bird! It’s a plane – no, it’s a drone (also known as unmanned aerial vehicle technology – UAV). Many of us have seen drones flying in the airspace, and it’s no longer something that we’re surprised at. After all, the concept of drones has been around for a long time – according to Wikipedia, when Austrians bombed Venice with unmanned balloons in the mid-1800s. Today, drones are often used by militaries, although civilian versions are also produced.
Of course, for an average person, drones are both beneficial and detrimental. It allows governments to conduct massive surveillance and use drones to follow and shoot people, while it also has many practical applications.
Aside from being a hobbyist toy, many companies including Google, Amazon, and some food companies are interesting in using drones to deliver packages and food. However, a majority of such companies are still researching this technology or running private betas. Unfortunately, there are also laws in certain jurisdictions prohibiting the use of drones for commercial services, or at all. Deer Trail, a small town with a population of around 500, considered offering bounties for “drone-hunting” in 2013, and sold over 60 drone shooting licenses..
Drones can also be used in filmmaking to take pictures high in the sky. For example, if you want to take a picture of a scene inside an apartment building from outside the window, you can use a drone.
As futuristic as owning a drone may seem to be, anyone can snag one from eBay’s technology section, Chinese online shopping giant TaoBao’s endless catalogs of anything imaginable which includes a large selection of drones, or directly from a drone producer of your choice.
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