How Drones Will Change Life In Our Cities

Ready yourself to hear, “Pizza incoming from above”. Animal New York on how petite unmanned drones are poised to reshape the urban environment, possibly as soon as three years from now:

The spread of do-it-yourself robotics could radically change the news, the police, business and politics. And it could spark a sort of drone arms race as competing robot users seek to balance out their rivals. Imagine police drones patrolling at treetop level down city streets, their cameras scanning crowds for weapons or suspicious activity. “Newsbots” might follow in their wake, streaming live video of the goings-on. In nearby zip codes, drones belonging to real estate agents scope out hot properties. Robots deliver pizzas by following the signal from customers’ cell phones.

These aren’t just fantasies. All of these things are happening today, although infrequently and sometimes illegally. The only thing holding back the robots is government regulations that have failed to keep up with technology. The regs are due for an overhaul in 2015. That’s the year drones could make their major debut.

Today, Mikrokopter in Germany sells a popular eight-rotor “Oktokopter” ‘bot for $3,000. Parrot prices its four-engine drones to move at $400 or less. You steer an Oktokopter with a handheld radio controller. The Parrot AR Drone follows commands from an iPhone, iPad or Android running a free app. The NYPD, for one, has already considered using robots to complement its fleet of manned helicopters, according to press reports.

12 Comments on "How Drones Will Change Life In Our Cities"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jun 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm |

    Shotguns! Shotguns for everyone!

    Mount a shotgun instead of a camera… 

    Fight fire with fire! 

    • You’d be better off using the Ruger 10/22 platform. The Ruger 10/22 has an amazing array of aftermarket options.

      Strip it down like you were going to shoot in benchrest “rail gun” competitions  and use the lightest parts and shortest barrel possible.

      Then load it with .22 Cal rat or snake shot.

      If you were going to use a shotgun and since you’re already breaking all sorts of laws… Bolo shot would likely be the best ammunition choice.

  3. You guys think so archaic.  Signal jammers is where it’s at.  That way they don’t have any physical evidence nor a pic of you with a shotgun pointed at the rig……..just before it loses signal…..

    You might be able to kill the signal with a bi linear amplifier for CB radio?  Not sure, but kill the signal and that will take care of it.

    • eyeoftheaxis | Jun 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Marklar_Prime | Jun 21, 2012 at 12:09 am |

      Most likely, at least within limited range. A friend of mine and I used to use his CB with a whip antenna concealed in the back seat of his car to mess with the RC cars being driven at a track set up next to a local hobby shop.

    • They are semi-autonomous drones. The don’t require constant instructions from the ground.

      When they lose their control signal they simply go into a standby state until they run out of fuel or their control signal is recovered.

      You’re on the right track though.

      Electronically hijacking and intentionally crashing them or hitting them with some sort of EMP weapon may be the best way to go about it.

      • Anarchy Pony | Jun 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm |

        Cut their signal, then use the shotgun! Compromise!

      • Lookinfor Buford | Sep 25, 2013 at 10:17 am |

        Sure, I got lots of mini-nukes laying around. And all my personal electronics are hardened to EMP, so this sounds really really feasible.

    • Lookinfor Buford | Sep 25, 2013 at 10:18 am |

      Laser pointers FTW

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