It was inevitable that selfies would eventually branch out into something more than what they’ve already become. While group selfies were becoming the next big thing, most people probably didn’t expect dronies, or group selfies taken from a drone. And with drones already being a concern with the public, the idea of dronies might sound like an even greater threat to privacy. That doesn’t mean it won’t take the higher road first and attempt to bring a sophisticated evolution to photography.
What could dronies do right first before ending up going wrong? After I recently wrote about drone detection technology becoming an eventual purchase in every household, what can be done to make dronies separate from the governmental and privately owned drones invading our personal spaces?
Dronies as Photography Advancement
With every-increasing pixel advancement in digital cameras, attaching one to a drone was more than a smart idea. Considering there wasn’t any device earlier that could hover like a drone can, it wasn’t easy when a flying remote-control device gave risk of your camera falling off and being lost forever. We’re already seeing evidence of how well drones are taking awesome pictures of massive vistas and groups of people from hundreds of feet up in the air.
Yes, you can now go to places like the Grand Canyon, launch your drone and get a picture that was once only possible before from a helicopter. Your only risk is wondering if the drone is aimed correctly so you gain the picture you want. Other than a remote monitoring device, most dronies so far are taken far enough away where everyone in the shot is guaranteed to be in the picture.
Someone will eventually perfect the dronie so it can capture perfectly framed pictures of people in front of incredible scenery or situations. Regardless, how long will it be before we see someone decide to use it to capture something private that’s sold off to the paparazzi for substantial profit?
The Paparazzi Using Drones
There may already be private dronies going on with the paparazzi based on reports of them using drones to capture celebrity images. Last year, the paparazzi used drones to capture shots of Tina Turner’s wedding in Germany. Over in Europe, the laws aren’t quite as strict on the use of drones yet as they’re slowly starting to be here. Regardless, California law is only getting started at the time of this writing on clamping down on paparazzi using drones to capture images of celebrities.
Nobody really knows if paparazzi aren’t using drones secretly already and have them flying high enough to be undetected. In that regard, dronies take on a whole different meaning and may be just the beginning of people sending drones into secret places to capture images without anyone’s knowledge.
Considering drones are already easy to acquire for dronies, you can be sure someone of ill repute will be acquiring one and using it to compromise the privacy of neighbors or other people. Even places of national security could be compromised if someone owns a small drone and a miniscule camera that enters airspace undetected.
The drone detection technology I wrote about above has a good chance of being an essential household purchase in another few years to alert us when undetected drones are near us. We also have the potential of so many drones being in our airspace that they’ll all collide with one another in midair.
Once this happens, there may be another extension of dronies: The Crashie. Hopefully it won’t be video of our drones falling on our heads to give the illusion the sky really is falling.