Drones! presented at DEF CON 20

by Chris Anderson,

Tags: Security

Summary : Thanks to the plummeting cost of powerful
motion sensors like those found in smartphones,
the technology to create military-class autopilots
is available to all. Over the past five years, the
DIY Drones community has created a series of
open source unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV),
from fully-autonomous planes, helicopters,
quadcopters, hexacopters, rovers and more, which
cost just a few hundred dollars less than 1%
the cost of equivalent military drones. As a result
there are now more than 10,000 of them in use
more than the US Military. As DIY drones go
mainstream, what are the practical applications
that will emerge, and the legal, ethical and
economic implications? How does open source
change the regulatory aspects of drones? And
will the rise of personal drones have a similar
social impact as personal computers did?