So not all civilian drone use stories have to be privacy concerns - here a drone was used to find a missing person.
The case for consumer drones got a boost after an amateur pilot ended a search-and-rescue effort last weekend by locating a missing ophthalmologist, who suffers from dementia, in a bean field in Wisconsin. …
“I never thought that I would be using it to find somebody,” Lesh told NBC, saying he spotted 82-year-old Guillermo DeVenecia, who was found shoeless but unharmed, in 20 minutes after scoping a 200-acre field from the air. (via Tech News and Analysis)
Is the LAPD (And Seattle PD) using drones already? What are your thoughts on civilian drone use? Particularly on law enforcement. (14 June 2014) [Been pointed out that the original title was a little alarmist. To be honest it was meant to be a little attention grabby to get people talking about civilian drone use. I should have elaborated instead of using tabloid methods :) ]
And yes, this drones isn’t a police drone
Several videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL’s Stanley Cup. However, a spokesperson for the LAPD said the drone did not belong to them. (via Business Insider)
PowerUp is a small plastic propellor and rudder which connects to a phone via bluetooth. When attached to a paper aeroplane it can become a remote controlled drone.
The makers of the device say the next generation version will have a magnetometer, accelerometer and gyrometer, and they are working on a dogfight mode that lets one pilot “shoot down” another plane by sending a signal to stop its engine.
Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division is building a drone that will be able to transport cars, storage containers, and eventually even pods full of soldiers for DARPA. The drone, which will be called the Transformer TX, is currently in a $20.3-million “Phase 3” process, which means Lockheed is finalizing its design before building a working prototype. (via The Verge)