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5-Pound UAV Flies For 50 Minutes, Streams HD From Over 3 Miles 115

An anonymous reader writes "Looks like those guys from Aeryon Labs are at it again. Today they announced the SkyRanger a bigger brother to their Scout drone (the one that the Libyan rebels used back in 2011). This one claims flight time of close to an hour, streaming 1080p30 HD video, a range of over 3 miles and a camera that can shoot 15 Megapixel stills and thermal video simultaneously. Not only that but it pops out of a backpack and is ready to fly instantly. It ain't cheap, but it can fly at 40 mph!"
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5-Pound UAV Flies For 50 Minutes, Streams HD From Over 3 Miles

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  • Re:Bad guys (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 23, 2013 @04:28PM (#43806713)

    I'm surprised they don't already. It's much easier to build UAVs if you're not encumbered by stupid legal complications like intellectual property laws.

    It's sort of like with gun control. Making it harder to get guns will only make it harder to legally get guns.

  • Re:Bad guys (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @04:33PM (#43806789) Homepage

    The drug cartels have submarines, railroad tunnels, aircraft, and an army of expendable humans to move drugs. Why would they bother with a little drone with a small payload and a range of only 3 miles?

    We should worry more about other bad guys, like oppressive governments, whose goals are less "move stuff somewhere" and more "control people everywhere".

  • Re:Bad guys (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JackDW ( 904211 ) on Thursday May 23, 2013 @05:41PM (#43807331) Homepage

    Hmm, seems to me that an oppressive government would probably start by legalising drugs. How better to control the population than by limiting their desire and ability to rise up in revolt? The best sort of slavery is voluntary. Why imprison the people, when you can get them to imprison themselves?

    As an evil dictator, your first move should be to legalise as many drugs as you can get away with. This will win you a lot of popular support in the short term, and in the long term, the people who might have become well-educated and clever opposition leaders might instead end up as poorly-educated drug users with severe mental health problems. You may commence your evil laughter now.

  • Re:Bad guys (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 23, 2013 @05:46PM (#43807383)

    Most people would just use marijuana, a safer alternative to alcohol. Your scenario sounds like the ravings of a drug warrior.

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