15 Jan '15, 3pm

Flying Selfie Bots: Tag-Along Video Drones Are Here

By 2020: Self-following video drones will surely get smaller, cheaper, and easier to use over the next five years, and as a consequence they will be more and more common—that’s easy enough to predict. It’s also safe to assume that over the next few years their ability to frame the shot will improve and that their owners will be able to program in complex instructions: “I’ll set it to start 100 meters up and back, then swoop down from the rear, zooming past me on my bike just 5 meters overhead, then record a 15-second pan of the surrounding scenery before hovering 3 meters off to my right at shoulder level….” By 2025: The world of personal drones a decade from now is much harder to forecast. So rather than trying to predict what is most likely, let me suggest the future for them I see as most desirable. A decade from now, the regulatory roadblocks preventing businesses in t...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/flying-selfie...

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