Little Brother is Watching You in the Sky


Little Brother

This looks like something that wouldn’t be out of place in “The Terminator”, the Microdrone, a remote control spy camera being trialled by the police in the UK.

Like the X-UFO the Microdrone uses four separate rotors to fly and is equipped with CCTV cameras to monitor suspects below (thermal imaging is also possible at extra cost). The Microdrone is controlled by an officer on the ground who wears a special visor (similar to the iTheatre) which receives and displays the video transmitted back from the drone.

This all looks pretty futuristic and a bit big brother (which is back on UK screens next week, oh joy), considering there is already one CCTV camera to every 14 people in the UK having a few more flying around probably isn’t going to make that much difference.

Via This is London, thanks.

8 reviews or comments

BW Says: May 23, 2007 at 6:36 am

I can see it being useful for major events, not sure about them flying automatically using GPS which I read on another site though.

Al Says: May 23, 2007 at 7:11 am

Thanks BW, from what I read I think the GPS is more for coping with high winds and preventing it from been blown away when hovering.

elelyon baby Says: May 23, 2007 at 4:11 pm

can I ride a modified version of that?

Awesome Says: May 23, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Micro? Its huge!

Richard Says: May 24, 2007 at 1:48 am

CCTV is one thing, when the video is on cable and never transmitted (hence “closed circuit”) – but these things transmit their video data to control. So anyone with a receiver can see what the police are watching? Not a good thing, not for the “suspect”, not for the police, not for the innocent passerby whose leather underwear gets spotted by a down-cleavage shot and posted on youtube by the frat-minded copper who records it.

Al Says: May 24, 2007 at 4:40 am

Great comment, thanks Richard.

The Spy Tie » Coolest Gadgets Says: May 24, 2007 at 9:05 am

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mikey Says: April 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm

hahah i wounder how you deliver that big thing :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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