We might have had primitive technology not much better than fire-hardened spears to hunt wooly mammoth back in my youth, but there were model airplanes available for the enthusiast even back then.
Some of them were even controlled by radio. Hence the name “RC model airplane“.
All that is old is constantly new again. Repackaged for the Internet age, we are now supposed to refer to RC model aircraft as “drones“. The most popular appear to be multi-rotor helicopter designs.
The development of digital cameras that are cheap, durable, and lightweight have meant that these drones are now usually equipped with what would have been seen as sophisticated surveillance technology even a decade ago.
Sophisticated spy equipment or not, most people who buy this sort of thing are mostly interested in buzzing the neighboring backyards in order to get shots of their teenage daughters as they sunbathe.
But not all uses of these toys are purposed to stoke some prurient interests. Another trend is to take video of your hometown, edit the footage for dramatic effect while setting it to inspiring music, and uploading the end result to YouTube.
Long time reader Greg was kind enough to send me a link to this website. It features a map of the world, with links to the aforementioned YouTube videos. Judging by the number of videos posted, it would appear that Europe has a great many more drone enthusiasts than The United States. Or perhaps we just don’t like to share.
I checked out the video for Detroit and found it to be interesting. Lots of crumbling buildings and empty streets. Reminded me of those cheap movies that came out in the 1980’s which depicted a world smashed by nuclear war, with cannibalistic mutants lurking in the rubble.
Anyway, check out the website. Maybe someone has made a video of your own hometown.