Jason Cartwright is the editor of techAU and travelled to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. This is what really caught his eye at CES2015.
Traditionally drones make for great entertainment and more recently the emergence of creative video uses has been the main selling points. Drones have also got a pretty bad wrap in the media, with the focus on the safety and privacy risks, rather than the potential benefits.
At CES drones were a key theme of the show and perhaps the natural evolution of drones is to start to deliver the potential benefits that stand drones in a distant category from remote controlled flying toys.
There were easily a dozen companies that had drones at the show including Hexo+ and AirDog that auto-follow users. These are pre-programmable so you can make sure that your weekend extreme sport is captured like a Hollywood film.
The most impressive demonstration by far was during Intel’s press conference. Combining new mobile processors and complex software algorithms (known as RealSense), drones can now avoid objects (and people) in the world they’re flying through.