As Congress and the FAA continue to discuss the parameters of drone use, a widening array of them are already taking flight. A new exemption has been granted for Hollywood, only the second after one was granted to BP earlier this year. This latest exemption greatly widens the scope for commercial drone use. According to Fortune, 40 other companies have filed for exemptions to the ban under section 333 of FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Given the favorable leanings mentioned above, new drone concepts go from merely being novel experiments to much more imminent threats to our privacy. We are already being tracked by an on-ground matrix that aims to capture our image for storage in the FBI’s new nation-wide biometric database. Now we apparently will have to dodge flying cameras as well.
As part of Intel’s Make It Wearable contest, Nixie is being described as a “futuristic paparazzi boomerang” that can leave your wrist, take photos and return for delivery.
While the video below naturally focuses on capturing all of those potential cherished moments not to be missed, it doesn’t take much imagination to see how this could become just one more tool in the military arsenal, not to mention the militarized police on U.S. soil.
Final note: It’s sadly telling that someone is actually developing what originally was an April Fool’s joke. Such are the times in which we live.
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