You may have noticed that drones have been in the news lately - and by "lately" we mean more-or-less every day for the last several years. The mushrooming use of domestic UAVs and quadcopters is prompting big changes in society, technology and public policy.
Earlier this week, for instance, we heard about North Dakota lawmakers legalizing the use of police aerial drones weaponized with rubber bullets, tear gas and Tasers.
That came just days after authorities foiled a plot in Maryland to smuggle contraband - including drugs and a handgun - into a prison yard using a remote controlled quadcopter. Similar smuggling operations have been reported across the U.S. and around the world.
Armed Drones Legalized in N. Dakota
It's clear that drones - an emerging blanket term referring to both military and civilian UAVs - are making waves. And in the marketplace, whenever there's an action, there's a reaction.
A European startup is now marketing a consumer anti-drone system that's designed to detect and report unmanned aircraft flying in a specified range of airspace. The company, Dedrone, is marketing the system to prisons, corporations, event planners - or anyone else concerned about unauthorized drones spying, smuggling or otherwise causing security concerns.