How many are in use or about to be in use in America? Check the 2012 FAA Drone List.
Who wants a drone? Forest service, police, traffic reporters, real estate firms, bird watchers and that weird guy with the funny glasses who lives down the street who oogles your wife occasionally.
Who else wants one? I do!!!!! Yeah, for $300 bucks I can buy my own drone with live streaming video and wi-fi! For hundreds more I can buy one that will fly 165 feet in the air and photograph anything!
Think of the thousands of domestic uses! Traffic reporters could have live clear images of traffic all over the city without the expense of a real helicopter. News reporters too! Bird watchers want to photograph eagles or other birds high up in trees. Geological survey companies and hunters. Even Paparazzis are using drones to photograph movie stars in their back yards or while proving to the world they put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. See that thing flying outside your third story bathroom window? Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
Here is my prediction. Sometime within two years of this date, give or take a couple of years, a drone is going to crash into something, maybe a Southwest 737, a major power line, a giant cell tower or something and Ka-Boom!
Meanwhile, I am proposing a national law that gives anyone the free and legal right to shoot down any domestic drone they see anywhere! Heck, that might even get liberals to own rifles!
Welcome to 2013.
Some Blogging Guy