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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:11 PM

You May Soon Be Able To Buy Your Own Drone For Only $50

Unmanned aerial vehicles have seen extensive use in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the military isn't the only organization playing the drone game.

As IEEE Spectrum reports, you may be seeing your own personal drone on shelves soon, and the small price tag will make it accessible to everyone.

A company called Always Innovating is working on a palm-sized robot called MeCam that is capable of autonomous flight. Four rotors keep it in the air as it follows you around and shoots video, which it then can stream to your smart phone.

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Embedded in the chip is a fully open-source version of Linux a platform that would give tinkerers and hackers alike plenty of opportunity to change its given use into something even more interesting or insidious.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/you-may-soon-be-able-to-buy-your-own-drone-for-only-50-2013-1

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Reply You May Soon Be Able To Buy Your Own Drone For Only $50 (Original post)
FarCenter Jan 2013 OP
cantbeserious Jan 2013 #1
el_bryanto Jan 2013 #2
Bradical79 Jan 2013 #3
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #4
Bradical79 Jan 2013 #5
tridim Jan 2013 #8
NCTraveler Jan 2013 #6
Eleanors38 Jan 2013 #7
Ian David Jan 2013 #9
lame54 Jan 2013 #10
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #11
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #12
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #13
warrprayer Jan 2013 #14
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #15
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 #16
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #17
LanternWaste Jan 2013 #18
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #19

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:15 PM

1. Big Brother Here We Come

eom

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:18 PM

2. Oh no! Model Airplanes with cameras? Truly we are doomed.

I am going to conduct all my business in a bomb shelter from now on. No drones in there.

Bryant

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:21 PM

3. Barnes and Noble sells drones.

For $200-$300 rather than $50 I think, also I'm not sure how sophisticated they are. But it was sitting right next to the checkout line at the front of the store last time I went.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:21 PM

4. Hobbyists have been flying drones for years.

They're called remote-controlled model airplanes.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:24 PM

5. Not the same thing.

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:34 PM

8. I flew my first RC plane/cam about 12 years ago.

It's the same thing, just not autonomous.

Lots of people are building autonomous models these days. RC hobbyists are a crafty bunch.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:25 PM

6. You can already buy what most would define as a drone.

I have a glider with a small electric motor and a camera. I nose dived it on its first flight. Haven't fixed it and probably won't. Granted, the one being discussed is more technical.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:30 PM

7. I know a few drones I wouldn't pay a plug nickel for...Oh! Wait.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:50 PM

9. I want one that will launch from the roof of my house when my burglar alarm is triggered.

I want it to automatically circle for a bird's-eye view, and then sweep up and down the street at a level where it can view license plates, and then return to a high, central position until myself, the police, or an alarm-monitoring call center can take control of it.

It would also be nice if it had the range to follow a car or person for a few miles after they've robbed my house.

It might also serve as a deterrent if a burglar sees a little plane hovering in front of them taking their picture.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 03:52 PM

10. I'll call mine The Great Gazoo

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:08 PM

12. Where I work, the guys all have remote helicopters

attach a camera, and my office space would be filled with drones. There's even been talk by one of the other guys of getting the copter that shoots nerf missile's. Oh no, unmanned attack drone in the office.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:57 PM

13. Here's a fun one. Model F-16 with a camera in the cockpit where the pilot's head would be.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:02 PM

14. we used to call them r.c. model airplanes

back in the day

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:23 PM

15. Drones aren't necessarily all bad

Sometimes they give us video like this.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:29 PM

16. You can buy one today on E-Bay if you want one.

And you can bet that no body in the Government is keeping any kind of track at all of who buys them. And they aren't listening in on your phone calls either ....

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:32 PM

17. Multi-rotor RC crafts have been available for years.

The catch to it all is lift capacity and battery life. Lots of really cool video out on the internet!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:06 PM

18. A surveillance state by and for the consumer.

A surveillance state by and for the consumer. This is a very relevant reason why I'm more concerned about civilian yahoos denying privacy rather than the government.

A surveillance state doesn't need the melodramatic (yet well branded) black helicopters if the people are spying on the people and posting the results to Youtube all in the name of fun and entertainment.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:43 PM

19. I wonder the liability issues are with these

With true model airplanes, the AMA provides insurance. There will be wide open. Add to that they are trivial to jam and things could get interesting.

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