This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In 2014 drones are more accessible than ever, to the level that a camera-equipped flying toy can be bought readily and anonymously for $100 online. But as the popularity of this technology grows so does the backlash – much of it rooted in valid concerns about privacy, accountability, and the disruption of established social patterns. We will take a quick look at the roots of this technology and present a perspective on how it became so accessible, and take a look at some potential ways to integrating widespread aerial photography into civil life while minimizing disruption.
Sergei Lupashin created the Fotokite, an easy to use, accessible tethered flying camera. Recently presented at TED2014, the Fotokite allows anyone from archaeologists to fire fighters to snowboarders to access birds-eye perspectives and record events and memories without the complexities of traditional UAVs.
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