This article does bring up many concerns regarding the use of drones by hobbyists -legal and ethical. Privacy these days is a mirage! We know there are satellites watching us from the sky, video surveillance is pervasive and now we have invading cameras mounted on Quadcopters to get even more up close and personal :-(
The paparazzis in Hollywood must be salivating now that their options are many! They don't have to chase the celebrities any more -their drones can do it for them! And they can sweep down low and snoop sitting in their cars!
As for me, I will be content to taking a Dronie, i.e., a selfie from a Drone... and don't intend to go beyond that!
When I was a kid, there were balsa wood model airplanes powered by a rubber band, that flew a short distance. Okay, maybe that's "stretching" the point. But there have also been radio-controlled model airplanes that run on small ICE engines, for many decades, that never seem to have elicited indignation.
I'm not sure at what point these contraptions become something to be obsessive about, although I suppose at some point obsessing is justifiable.
A kid taking pictures from a model airplane, in effect, is not too worrisome, unless the thing crashes and breaks something. Perhaps the small fine reflects this.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.