Looking around for a sale this Black Friday? Or still looking for a parking space? The ads are full of mini-helicopters, and some empty cars… just like the Afghani skies, and test courses in Silicon Valley respectively. It’s not Black Drone-day, it’s now drone-era.
Lost in all the handwaving and whining about “drones” (or UAVs, UCAVs, or what have you*) is one simple fact: geeks know they’ve been here all along, ever since we called them “R/C planes” (or cars or helicopters or what have you). How do I know? Full disclosure: I’m not just a geek, I did some consulting on a “drone” project, though it was general work and would apply to a manned plane.
These are shelves in a hobby shop. Like most such shops in the developed US, you can pick up an R/C plane for 200-400 bucks. Some people have that in their pocket right now. Some lucky kid in your town has such a plane, and maybe a bunch of kids. Continue reading