Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at
once. This post (four of seven) is a look at drones.
Over the past few years, a technological tipping point driven by the smartphone electronics industry has demonetized the price of drones and democratized their use for everyone. The cost of MEMs, accelerometers and gyroscopes have dropped 10- to 100-fold at the same time that cheap and powerful microcontrollers enable lowcost and powerful navigational control systems.
As a result, we now have drones that everyone can use, and companies like DJI and 3D Robotics are enabling both a consumer and entrepreneurial drone renaissance.
This is a fascinating article based on an interview with Chris Anderson from 3DR. Anderson looks at the last three years and then looks forward, touching on the changes he is building his company in.