You’ve heard a lot in the news lately about drones crashing onto the grounds of the White House and even delivering packages, but some people will use drones as part of their daily lives. 7 On Your Side takes a glimpse into the future.
Drones can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The possibilities are fascinating and as one person put it, the uses of drones are only limited by our imagination.
Flying drones for fun is popular in the tech-friendly Bay Area. David Urrutia, a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, has been doing it for over five years.
“People get that bird’s eye perspective,” Urrutia said.
In the not-so-distant future, drone cameras will capture your every move. The ultimate selfie Mark Johnson of Visual Law showed me how it works.
“This will talk to the phone and I will be able to hand you the phone, and when you walk, the drone will follow you,” Johnson said.
This so-called “follow me” feature will be at the heart of how consumers use drones in the future.
This may be new technology, but there’s an old feeling to it — like having a little brother follow you around.
The new technology can also offer a new perspective on your home movies. You’ll be able to get footage of your kid’s soccer game, your friends and neighbors, and even your outdoor recreational activities.
Speaking of workouts, James Canton who is a San Francisco-based futurist thinks drones will come along for your walk or run.
“I think the most important area of drone is going to be personal fitness, just purely being able to follow you. You can measure your performance,” Canton, from the Institute For Global Futures, said.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com