We just had our first experience with the “Aerius quadcopter,” which the maker claims is the world’s tiniest drone — at least so far this month. It sells for $35, is about an inch across and weighs a tenth of an ounce. It even has red and blue running lights. We’re airborne, more or less.
This thing looks very cute flying around the living room, but controlling it takes a lot of practice! We can picture a kid being willing to spend all day at it but we didn’t. We managed to bounce it off everything in our living room, including the ceiling. Watching this little copter fly really makes us think about the impossibility of any government agency controlling the use of drones. How are they going to prohibit people flying things the size of a quarter? How will anybody even know?
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