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Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo

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OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Quadcopters....
OLD_CURMUDGEON   3/5/2013 10:06:33 AM
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I'd be willing to bet that as soon as someone "technical" in the porn industry gets a whiff of this device, the managers of those facilities will be on the phone w/ their cadre of attorneys figuring out how they can adapt this technology for their own sordid purpose!!!!!

CLMcDade
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aircraft
CLMcDade   3/5/2013 10:01:33 AM
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The prospect of widespread consumer use of these mobile cameras will intensify the privacy discussions already taking place around the domestic use of drones. 

While I can envision some fantastic opportunities for productive uses, I think we can all imagine the more base uses for which these will certainly be used.  And it is those invasive/exploitive uses that will drive outrage, reaction and legislation and test our individual rights.

For example, if one of these is flying around your head while you are out in public spaces, recording your every move without your permission, do you have the right to swat it out of the sky to protect your privacy or even the quality of your life?  Or is that destruction of property?

As one commenter suggested, can you shoot one out of the sky over your property?   There will most likely be products designed to counter this unwanted surveillance, i.e. mini anti-aircraft batteries that shoot paintballs to coat the camera lens, or epoxy to gum up the rotors; or even search-and-destroy aircraft of the same scale.  Will it be legal to use these products to thwart the would-be chroniclers of your life?  Or again, would it be destruction of property?

We may soon look back nostalgically to the days when mosquitoes were the most annoying airborne pests...

j-allen
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j-allen   3/5/2013 10:01:25 AM
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So, the Creator assigns us rights?  How are they communicated?  Radio? (care to characterize the frequency, modulation mode, etc.?)  Booming voice?  Little voices in your head?  And assuming one receives such "messages" how does he autheticate their source?  If I phone the bank and ask to transfer $10 from my savings to my checking account they take great pains to verify it's really me. 

If your source is ancient writings you have the same problems. 

Remember, this is a forum for discussing mainly science and technology, not hocus-pocus. 

BB_cuda
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Spying helicopter
BB_cuda   3/5/2013 9:26:03 AM
These type of devices were shown on local news telecast about a week ago. One family continually is peered down upon in their back yard while they are swimming or having an activity on the lawn.  It seems to me if you have a no trespassing sign on your fence that it should extend to the air above your home.  I understand the police, local law enforcement, and/or Feds is a different story.  I don't feel it is lawful to be videoing over someone else's property without their consent.

I'm thinking of taking the 2nd ammendment in a different application to remove unwanted copter above my home if it happens. It would be like shooting skeet....PULL :-)

The Designist
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Re: Second Amendment
The Designist   3/5/2013 9:25:01 AM
Nothing personal, but you make an uninformed mistake when you state the constitution gives you any rights.  Rights are given by your creator (nature).  The second amendment merely sates the federal government shall not make any laws to infringe on this right.

So the answer to your question is no.

 

Battar
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Battar   3/5/2013 9:18:37 AM
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Lets be realistic: Youtube is full of ox-droppings, and this can only contribute more of the same. In the real world, this device won't be used for serious purposes. The first place I would expect this gimmick to be put to use is in the womens locker room.

radio-active
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Flying camera
radio-active   3/5/2013 9:18:12 AM
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I don't see much in the way of a battery -- what is the run time measured in -- 10's of seconds?

But wouldn't a fleet of these be perfect for NFL games? The wired cams they use now just don't cut it.

EricMJones
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Second Amendment
EricMJones   3/5/2013 9:12:12 AM
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So tell me: Does the Second Amendment give one the right to arm one of these?...subject for discussion.

apresher
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Flying MeCam
apresher   3/5/2013 9:03:41 AM
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Chuck, Maybe I'm caught up in the marketing hype but I like the idea of this as a consumer product: the MeCam.  I can definitely see this flying around the house or office, "spying" on friends, family and co-workers. At $49, the price point is not that bad especially if it flies well. The military market is already full of this kind of equipment and they only want the best.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Flying Camera
Elizabeth M   3/5/2013 5:22:43 AM
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Chuck, that sounds like a much better idea than a flying paparazzo...I was thinking also that a military application might be good, or other types of surveillance (although not where they might be people around, as they would probably notice a flying camera buzzing about!). And what Ann said about it being a design platform for other applications actually makes more sense than what it was actually designed for. Although I'm sure some people will find this quite cool to have their personal paparazzo shadowing them. :)

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