Mini-Drones: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

The “cool-factor” is very high, but when I think about neighbors potentially flying this around the neighborhood checking each other out, the “creep-factor” goes through the roof.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0, listed on Amazon just below $300, is the best way to live out one’s fantasy of being a spy. The miniature drone is controlled through your iPhone or iPad and features multiple sensors, including a hi-definition front-facing 720-pixel camera and a vertical camera looking straight down from the bottom of the miniature quadricopter (four propellers).

The 2.0 model – the first version was released in 2010 – also lets you record video and take pictures during flight and easily share them online.

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Great. Something else to put on Facebook. Maybe it’s just me.