The quadcopter in the video is the Hubsan H107c v2, which is an HD camera quad not much bigger than a cellphone, and costs only $80. I have one of these on order after playing with the standard definition version, and finding it fun, but somewhat lacking in video resolution. While many on here will consider this quadcopter a toy, I consider it to be a step towards democratizing the high ground. Let me explain.
While this quadcopter does not have features found in higher end devices, it is able to fly, record HD video, and fit into a persons pocket. Think about that for a minute. Even a decade ago, that would be technology only dreamed about by all but the richest of governments. And, it wouldn't be cheap for those richest governments, let alone the average person. Now, for less than a hundred dollars, anyone can pick one of these up.
What does this mean? It means that almost anyone can carry one of these almost anywhere, and record HD video from above. Sure, it is not the highest of quality, but it is definitely good enough for video sharing sites, social media, and even news broadcasts. Citizen journalism is becoming more and more accepted by media outlets. Imagine the possibilities which open up for a citizen journalist with a pocket-able, "chopper cam."
We have recently seen the use of UAS in documenting protests, and natural disasters, among other things. The systems used in these instances had their benefits, and drawbacks. Benefits include the ability to carry higher quality video equipment, and a certain level of flight autonomy. One of the biggest drawbacks, as I see it, is size. In the instance of the protest situation, the quadcopter was able to be shot down by police. Certainly a smaller quadcopter would be harder to bring down. In the case of the disaster scene, someone had to take the time to pack their gear up, go find a place to launch and land, and then begin flying. Imagine if someone could throw their aerial camera in a pocket and go, and the launch and landing pad was their hand. In both instances, a less expensive platform would also be a benefit, due to it being virtually expendable. If the situation changes, a person could literally drop the controller and go, with very little financial loss. Finally, in any situation, these quadcopters are safer than a larger system. Even a 350 size quad dropping on, or running into a person can cause damage. A micro quad would be barely felt if dropped on you, and the blades don't even carry enough force to break skin. Believe me, I know.
So, while the Hubsan H107c is a very sophisticated toy, it may also be a glimpse of the future.