28 Dec '12, 4pm

Japanese Security Firm to Start Renting Surveillance Drones

We know, it's Friday. And usually, we post a whole bunch o' videos on Fridays, but since we've done that for two out of our last three posts (!), we figured we'd give you a bit of a break. Instead, we've got this little quadrotor from Japan that's trying to be the next level of paranoia in private security. And there will be videos! The drone itself is made by zee Germans over at Ascending Technologies , while Secom did all the software and tacked on some additional sensors and accessories. It's not designed to do any proactive security, but rather to take on more of a surveillance role, collecting pics of unfamiliar people and vehicles and notifying the authorities. It's not exactly the stealthiest at doing this, although sounding like a huge swarm of insects may also serve as something of a deterrent. Here's the drone in action. Fun, if terrifying, as the demonstration c...

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