Do-It-Yourself Drones

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>> >>: ENGINEERS HUDDLE OVER A COMPUTER. THEY'RE ABOUT A LAUNCH A DRONE OR A REMOTE
CONTROLLED ARIEL VEHICLE. THEY PUNCH IN A START AND END POINT ON THE
MAP AND TAKE OFF. THE QUAD KAWPTER THAT SWRIPS BY LOOKS LIKE
A TODDLER'S NIGHT STAND. IT DOESN'T LOOK THAT THREATENING. IN A DECADE DRONES WILL HAVE EVOLVED WAY BEYOND
THEIR CURRENT MILITARY USE. >> >>: RATHER THAN VISUALIZING DRONES AS BEING
WEAPON CARRYING ROBE OUGHTS YOU'LL THINK OF THEM AS BEING CROP DUSTERS. YOU WILL THINK OF THEM IN AN ENTIRELY NEW
CONTEXT. WE'LL FORGET THAT DRONES WERE ONCE A DEFENSE
INDUSTRY THING. >> >>: WHAT MAKES A DRONE A DRONE IS THE ABILITY
TO GO FROM POINT A TO POINT B, WITH THE CLICK OF A MOUSE OR TOUCH OF THE SCREEN WITHOUT
DIRECT HUMAN INTERACTION. IT'S A ROBE OUGHT USING GPS TO PERFORM A SIMPLE
COMMAND, GO HERE. BUT IT'S ALSO A LAUNCH PAD FOR AMAZING POSSIBILITIES. >> >>: WHAT IF WE BUILT A BOX YOU PUT ON YOUR
BELT, AND WHILE YOU WERE WIND SUR FERRING, THE DRONES FOLLOWED YOU WITH A CAMERA ON YOU. >> >>: THESE FLYING NIGHT STANDS COULD TRANSFORM
INTO HOVER BOARDS OR A FLEET OF MAIL CARRIERS. >> >>: THIS IS ANDERSON AND HIS KIDS FLYING
A REMOTE CONTROL PLANE. IT'S 2007 AND HE'S OBSESSED WITH THE POSSIBILITY
OF DRONES. HE STARTED A BLOG DIY DRONES. A FEW HUNDRED MILES SOUTH, JODY WAS RIPPING
APART A HELICOPTER AND A NINTENDO WII. HE WAS SCOWERRING GOOGLEÊ
>> >>: BEFORE I GOOGLE SOMETHING I DIDN'T FIND IMJ, AND THE WEEK LATER I GOOGLED THE
SAME THING AND I FOUND THESE BLOCKS. >> >>: NU„EZ JOINED THE DIY BLOG. >> >>: I WAS INCLINEED TO MAKE IT WORK. PROBABLY I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS SOMETHING
HIGH END. >> >>: ANDERSON WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THAT. THE TWO IMMEDIATELY HIT IT OFF AND BEGAN COLLABORATING. TODAY THEY'RE RUNNING A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR
CROSS BORDER COMPANY THAT PRODUCES AND SELLS HARDWARE AND PERSONAL DRONES. THE COMPANY, 3D ROBOTICS FOUND SUCCESS IN
NU„EZ'S HOME TOWN. >> >>: PRIOR TO 18 MONTHS AGO, I THOUGHT TIJUANA
WAS DRUG CARTELS AND CHEAP TEQUILA. WHAT JORDY KNEW AND TAUGHT ME IS THAT TIJUANA
IS THE SHUN JUN OF NORTH AMERICA. IT'S NOT JUST CHEAP, IT'S BETTER SKILLED. MORE ENGINEERS. THESE MANUFACTURING SKILLS WE'VE LOST IN THE
UNITED STATES ARE STILL THERE. >> >>: ANDERSON BELIEVES THE USE OF TIJUANA'S
HIGH PF SKILLED LOW COST LABOR IS THE BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE THE GOAL IS TO STREAM LINE THE
PROCESS, BUY THE DRONE, DOWNLOAD THE APP, AND TYPE IN THE COORDINATES AND GO. SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR A GRAND MOTHER TO BUY, AND
REINVENT THE PRODUCT. MANY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MOST INVASIVE
DRONE FUTURE WITH THE IDEA LIKE FLYING SNIPER RIFLES OR HOVERING SPY CAMERAS. ASK CHRIS ANDERSON. >> >>: GENERAL PURPOSE TECHNOLOGIES ARE INCREDIBLY
EMPOWERING. BY DEFINITION, THEY DON'T LIMIT THE WAY YOU
USE IT. SOMEBODY'S GOING TO DO SOMETHING STUPID, WE
CAN'T STOP. >> >>: COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY GOT ITS BIGGEST
USE FROM MILITARY TECHNOLOGY. THE GOODNESS TECHNOLOGY CAN DO WILL ULT NT
MTLY ULTIMATELY OUT WEIGH THE DESTRUCTION IT COULD CAUSE.

When you hear the word drone, images of warfare, or high tech surveillance, come to mind. But two entrepreneurs have a different idea. They believe drones will literally revolutionize our daily lives. Last month, Editor-In-Chief of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson resigned. He’s now teaming up with a 26 year-old engineering whiz from Tijuana to jumpstart what they call the personal drone personal drone industry. KPBS Fronteras reporter John Rosman has the story.

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