University of Michigan engineers took first place at last year's International Aerial Robotics Competition with a flying robot that came closest to completing all the tasks. (Source: University of Michigan)
This robotic competition is just great. Its like challenging human intelligence and of course technology. Its fun and challenge at the same time. Wish we could see some of these videos of competing participants.
This reminds me of humanoid communication robot Kirobo, launched by Japan. Its a chatting robot to give company to the astronaut. The report say they want to see how non human gives company to the people and gives emotional support to people who are isolated in space for long periods.
I guess time will come when everyone can dream of having a robot :-)
Spud Gun. Plans for this device abound and it's probably legal. Load a potato, aim and launch the spud with compressed air or ignited flammable propellant. I don't think there is a Regulatory Agency for such a device either, YMMV.
Caleb: Nothing wrong with a surface-to-air slingshot, but you'd have to be quite a marksman. I had not heard previously about drone-killing lasers, but the FAA ban on firing lasers into the sky would indeed limit those.\
I like the idea of frequency-jammers and I suspect if they were low power, that might work. That would probably be an FCC-controlled item in the US, and as I recall, most FCC rules apply to transmitters starting at a particular power level (which is why pirate radio stations can broadcast). That might be enough to keep pesky drones out of your backyard. (Anyone know what frequencies these things use?)
Another idea: a high-power airguns that literally blow them away.
This is what I was wondering. Oh no. We've seen the enemy and the enemy is our neighbors? Yikes.
It's easy to imagine that new homes well have to come with anti-drone security in the future to keep our nosy neighbors' drones out of our houses and backyards. Drone TV will be the latest cheap show to watch -- like reality tv. Thieves will use drones case our your house.
There are absolutely devices for precisely this. I suspect you already knew that, because they tend to be lasers, like you mentioned.
Consumers won't have anything for a long time though because you would need FAA clearance to fire a laser skyward like that. Some people have had some fun with signal jamming, but that is also incredibly illegal. For the time being a good old fashion slingshot might just be the most effective solution.
It is actually legal for anyone to fly these things as long as they don't go above a certain height! This means, it is legal for your neighbor to fly one over your back yard, but not above the clouds. Kind of crazy right?