Drone related stories in the media seem to have become a regular occurrence, and today was no exception. In today’s Daily Telegraph, journalist Hugh Morris sought to christen the next big photo craze – the Dronie. Morris believes the selfie has already become old hat, and soon we will all be wanting Dronies – pictures taken of us from above.
Morris reports that already a company in New Zealand is providing skiers and snowboarders with the opportunity of having their own drone produced video; and in the French ski resort of Val Thorens a drone with an operator can be rented out for the bargain price of 50 euros for 10 minutes!
Meanwhile, today’s Independent reports that a UK engineering company, Malloy Aeronautics, are working to create a functional hoverbike called a quadrocopter to actually carry a human being. Remember the flying skateboard in the film Back to the Future, and you get the idea.
In order to raise money for the quadrocopter project the company are selling a one third the size drone like version. Besides raising much needed finance the drone sized version is built to show that the concept actually will work. I wonder what the CAA would say – perhaps not that you won’t be able to take a dronie if you are sitting on the thing!