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Personal drones launch in your skies

Posted January 9, 2014
A DJI Innovations DJI Phantom 2 Vision aerial system drone is shown during "CES: Unveiled," the media preview for Inte
A DJI Innovations DJI Phantom 2 Vision aerial system drone is shown during “CES: Unveiled,” the media preview for International CES, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s not a bird, not a plane. But it could be someone’s personal drone coming to the skies near you.

Some of the flying objects being shown at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas include items that are for play, personal photography and other uses which could lead to a market for the products.

The notion of personal drones follows widespread use by the US military and growing reliance by law enforcement on such aerial technology.

Retail giant Amazon meanwhile, has hatched a plan to create delivery drones, and French-based technology firm Parrot unveiled its “mini drone” toy which can be controlled from a smartphone.

“We have civilian drones and now we have toy drones,” Parrot’s Nicolas Haftermeyer told AFP, describing the Parrot drone as a device designed for teenagers who enjoy a challenge of using a tablet to direct the device.

While one division of the French firm makes fixed-wing drones for mapping and other purposes, this devices, which can be held in one’s hand, is purely for play, says Haftermeyer.

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