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but they do have some high-flying goals for the project.
They certainly do. While they are extreme goals it for me it shows where things are (for such tech). I am more of the thought "if $50 gets me that what does a $1000 get?"
While I am not about to go spend $1000 on such a device, I think many of the commercial aspects that people think of others or companies would spend it on. e.g. News/Media - why pay a camera man to follow some Hollywood star or politician when you can tell a robot to follow them and report back footage) P.I. - Now a P.I. can handle numerous cases with the proper hardware. Obviously along with P.I. are non citizen investigations. Various Police Departments can afford these devices easier then the 100K UAVs. Individual "defense" - defense is not the correct word, but I am thinking of the poor girl that has some stalker or is just paranoid. With such a simple device she can have it lead the way and ensure no one is lurking in the dark alley etc. Schooling - Most courses could now end up recorded as the school could fund these to monitor the teacher during lecture and labs Private Security - Why mount a camera when you can have cameras "patrolling" the area. Could be useful inside or outside. Servicing of the equipment could be easier because the equipment would dock itself when it needs servicing. Sports - While HD cameras allow for nice overview look as though the camera is right there, such equipment is VERY expensive. With these not only does the high end camera become a moot point but the camera man himself. This setting is repeatable in any high profile broadcast.
The list goes on an on. Again, to me these are the "higher-end" items that are likely to come into play. Not the $50 item. A company would gladly spend $1000 to replace a $100K camera and the camera man that is salaried/contracted.
The other thing that comes into play is the "toy" aspect. Even if the $50 margin is not hit... Even if it is a couple hundred it is still at the cheap level that people will buy it to "play" with it. Enough of these purchases and they become integrated into society. I think about some of the other tech devices. For example the soon to be seen google project glass. While these are revolutionary they have a large price tag on them. Not too many people will buy them to "play" with it and see what it can do. A $50 UAV with cameras though would simply come out of my game purchase (or something like that). I would happily pay it just to play with it.
There is one item that many forget though. The regulation aspect. FAA has strict regulations on aircraft (UAV or manned). I heard recently that with in 10 miles of an airport it is all the way to the ground. That is actually quite a large radius. While the regulation is in place, it will be extremely difficult to actual enforce, leaving the FAA with 2 options. Ask for money or loosen the regulations. Both could have repercussions.
Computers have been intelligent for a long time now. It just so happens that the program writers are about as effective as a room full of monkeys trying to crank out a copy of Hamlet.
My primary browser has been IE9 since it's release date and i rarely use other browsers. Almost 3 months ago, for not using my bandwidth coz of ads. and banners, I disabled Adobe Flash on IE but kept it runnig on Chrome. Now, today, i realized that i am mostly using Chrome for daily works just because it can show Flash contents. So, i turned Adobe on agian in IE ...
In my Laptop it runs faster ( in terms of application launch ),has nice search bar, almost has the same page load as Chrome and Firefox, Accelerator button is very handy and overall UI design is better. Of course it is lagging some features like Save Session and could have a better favoitre menu.