New Drone City

Was That Your Drone That Almost Clocked a Businessman? The NYPD Wants a Word

View from the drone. (Photo: WABC)

Remember that mysterious drone that plopped out of the sky and came within a few feet of bopping a businessman on the head? Well, the New York Police Department would like to have a word with the unidentified operator to see what he was doing with the Phantom Quadcopter.

The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD has a complaint on a file and would like to find the man on the drone’s video footage. The tape was obtained by WABC-TV and showed the drone careening into several buildings before it lost control and slammed into the ground. Read More

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Mystery Drone Crash Misses NYC Businessman By Mere Feet

One passport, comin' right up. (Photo: Getty)

Shrouded in mystery and cloaked in WTF, a small helicopter drone crashed onto the ground just a few feet away from a businessman on the East Side of Manhattan during rush hour yesterday, ABC Local reports.

The suit found a memory card among the three-pound drone’s debris, and video taken from it “shows the drone twenty to thirty stories above the busy streets and crowded sidewalks near Grand Central Station,” ABC Local says.   Read More

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Colorado Town Might Allow Citizens to Shoot Down Drones

A drone these people think that's flying over them. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Citizens in a small Colorado town have come up with a completely sane response to the impending drone wars: If you see something, shoot something.

Phillip Steel, a member of the Deer Trail town board, is proposing an ordinance that would hand out “drone hunting licenses” for those petrified of the unmanned flying vehicles taking out their lives that would allow holders to shoot the drones down. The year-long license would cost would-be drone hunters $25. And, as he told KMGH-TV, he’s already got a slogan for it — “They fly in town, they get shot down.” Read More

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Seattle Man Hovers Drone Over a Family’s House for ‘Research’

Scary drone. (Photo: Flickr/Don McCullough)

A Seattle man ascended to a new level of creepiness recently when he flew a drone just a “few feet away” from a family’s home and defended his right to do so because he was flying it in the air, and thus not trespassing. He also claimed it was for research. The camera-equipped device emitted a loud noise, similar to that of a weed-whacker, which caught the attention of a woman inside.

She told Capitol Hill Seattle Blog that she saw the man on the sidewalk controlling the device near a third-story window in the eastern neighborhood. Her husband approached the man, who was standing on the sidewalk, and told him to desist from being creepy. The man told him that he was doing “research” and the camera was transmitting the images to his glasses. They called the police, but they didn’t show up since Inspector Gadget had already left. Read More