Drones are the hot new gear item – in fact, 2014 has been called the “Year of the Drone.” Check out this article about how a news videographer got in hot water with the FAA over the use of a drone at an accident scene.
No doubt news photographers will want to fly high over news scenes to get the shots they've always dreamed about – accident scenes, flying around inside burning buildings, or chasing a burglar through back yards.
There are going to be a lot more incidents in the near future before we work out the laws and codes of conduct with flying cameras. For one thing, celebrities will have to install defensive measures or they'll be constantly buzzed by swarms of drones wherever they go.
Articles from the NPPA on Drones:
A videographer for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut is reportedly under investigation after using his personal remote-controlled aerial camera to photograph an accident scene in early February. The Hartford Courant reports that while investigating a fatal police crash in Hartford on February 1, police noticed the craft at the crime scene. The police reported the photographer to the FAA and complained to WFSB, which then reportedly suspended him. The FAA reportedly has announced that it will be investigating.
The National Press Photographers Association and the law firm of Holland & Knight are launching a new study on the use of remotely controlled aircraft or drones in newsgathering. Everyone with an interest in the application of this evolving technology is invited to participate in the survey.
It is expected that news organizations and individual journalists will use small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Systems for newsgathering purposes once such use is integrated into the National Air System, NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher said. In an attempt to help chart the legislative landscape for such use, this survey will help provide data to be used in a technical paper to be presented at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International program Unmanned Systems 2014, which will be held in May in Orlando, FL.
The Pocket Drone – Your personal flying robot by AirDroids
The Pocket Drone is the personal flying robot that enables anyone to capture amazing video and photos from the sky. The year 2014 is going to be the “Year of the Drone.” Personal and professional photography is literally beginning to take off. Everybody can already take great looking photos and videos with their camera phones and share them online, but they have been limited to what could be seen from the ground. Now with the Pocket Drone, it's never been easier to capture spectacular aerial images that open up a whole new perspective and insight that had previously been unseen.
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9. Designed with multiple safety features
We are also proud that our project has been selected from numerous other hardware innovations as a finalist at the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2014 at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
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