Because it's a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he'd had one

There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.

Last year, while celebrating my birthday in Maine, I was given a drone fitted with a high-definition camera. After a quick introduction to the mechanics of operating the contraption and a few words about its idiosyncrasies, I loaded the appropriate app on my iPad and went down to the beach.

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Comment by crystal garris on July 30, 2014 at 10:08pm

...and that's a good thing.

Comment by Mathew krawczun on July 30, 2014 at 10:27pm

is it sad the first thing I thought was shes a perfect example of who shouldn't have a drone?

the article makes it quite clear she doesn't understand the rules of flying one.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 30, 2014 at 10:50pm

I'm sure she would never break any laws.


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Comment by Hugues on July 30, 2014 at 11:46pm

I hope she at least understood a drone is not comestible.

Comment by Jonathan Hair on July 31, 2014 at 6:44am

Guys, UAV is here to stay. The general public is going to get involved, whether we like it or not. It is better that we have articles that promote the positives of this technology rather than the usual paranoid dribble we usually get.

Go Martha!

Comment by nickthecook on July 31, 2014 at 7:07am

Funny, that's exactly what I thought the first time I flew my drone - Louis XIV could've used one of these.

But seriously, it's nice to have a little positive media. It's good to have this on Time.com.

Comment by Justin H. on July 31, 2014 at 7:53am

I wonder if this is a smart PR placement on someone's part. Apparently drone PR is a thing now...this company is VERY new, but they've initiated a PR campaign for a "drone prize" you can read about under the Blog tab.

http://skyward.io/

Comment by B on July 31, 2014 at 10:58am

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Comment by Hugues on July 31, 2014 at 11:46am

@Dave, humor humor.

Comment by Mathew krawczun on July 31, 2014 at 12:35pm

@ Dave Smith
as a feminist I take offence at you insinuating my comment was because she is a woman. I did like her because she's an out of touch narcissist which has nothing to do with her sex.

the problem here is the article shows she has the typical attitude of the "new drone users", I know how to fly it so I can do what ever I want with it. her own comments makes it clear she has no clue about height limits are likely any laws drones have to follow. just see how she gets it out of the box and just goes flying without seeing if she's flying in a no fly zone .

all she sees is a new toy without understanding the responsibility that comes with it.

its nice to have some good press sure I'd just like it if it didn't glorify the very behavior that's that makes us look bad. yes she can learn the rules but the damage is already done now.

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