I recall seeing all kinds of hideously overdesigned hardware back in the 80's. Usually this was found in military projects where the contractor was billing outright for development time, but even in commercial work you used to see all manner of bizarre "exploits" used to avoid the dreaded "select in test" designation on a part simply because some particular parameter wasn't typically specified on the data sheet, and the mandate was "commercial spec only". It's almost comical going through these older designs trying to puzzle through which parameter they were trying to avoid having to specify!
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.