It might be good for printing receipts for retail transactions, or somthing like the receipt our Motor Vehicle Administration prints out telling you what your number in line is. The PA will announce what station to go to when your number comes up. Our MVA, however, has a self-serve touch-screen and printer which prints out the receipt. I didn't look at it carefully enough to see if it was thermal or ribbon; I was just worried about getting through the line as quickly as possible.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.