Ever since drones were first made available to the public, the question of how these devices might affect privacy has been at the forefront of their proliferation. However, privacy minded citizens could at least sleep easy knowing that these devices were fairly expensive, and large enough to be seen in broad daylight. However, the size of these drones, as well their cost, has just dropped substantially.
You can now buy the Aerius drone for $50, and it’s about 3x3x3 cm in size. It has a 5 minute flight time, and is small enough to fit inside its own remote control, which doubles as a charger. To see it in action, you can take a look at the promo video its manufacturer used to drum up funding on Indiegogo.
As you can imagine, something this small would make it incredibly easy to spy on someone without their knowing. Fortunately, it doesn’t have a camera, but the manufacturer mentioned in the YouTube comments of the video that “It’s a quadcopter, still working on a camera this small.” Make no mistake, we’re rapidly approaching the day when anyone can buy a bug sized spy drone for less than the cost of a cell phone.
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