History of Drones

Nixie: Wearable Drone photo

Nixie: Wearable Drone photo

Drones have a long history. The earliest drones are associated to military history and the air force. One can argue the earliest drones were used as aerial lethal weapons from Civil War and the Spanish War since the 1800s. Theses early forms of drones came in forms such as, cameras attached to kites or balloons used for bombing. The form of drones changed dramatically following the World War II as “unmanned helicopters.” The modern day military drone is best exemplified by the MQ-1 Predator.

We have come to witness the various use of drones today. From archeology to wearable technology, drones have provided people to alter boundaries and perceptions of private or public space. With news titles like “It’s a Necklace, It’s an Umbrella, It’s a Drone,” Lady GaGa and her wearable hexacopter publically introduced a wearable drone. The size of drones have been reduced as seen with the smaller drones, quadcopters, which became popular in part after the presentation by Professor Vijar Kumar’s TED talk. The extension of drone technology has even integrated with the DIY makers movement. Clearly, the military history of drones has evolved into other discipline of practice and social movements.

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