Just Dronin' Around
Rise of the Drones
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding drones lately. Some folks — we’re looking at you, Martha Stewart — really love them, and one was even used to locate a missing 82-year-old man. But in using them, others are violating laws and fly zone regulations left and right. One jerk even disrupted fire fighting efforts when he flew his over a California wildfire this past Monday.
But despite all the drone drama, you can’t deny they’re capturing pretty awesome film. Some drones are showing off stunning aerials, and others are filming events from angles we’ve never seen before. For your viewing pleasure, Betebeat sorted through tons of mediocre drone videos in search of the best on the Internet. Here they are:
New Drone City
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.
The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs.
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.