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Five uses for drones that

aren’t fir­ing mis­siles, de­liv­er­ing Ama­zon or­ders or an­noy­ing neigh­bours FIGHT­ING CRIME In 2012, New Zealand Po­lice pur­chased a drone to as­sist in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. They used it, for ex­am­ple, in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a Welling­ton mur­der, tak­ing pho­to­graphs of the crime scene – a steep bank with over­hang­ing trees – that could be eas­ily con­tam­i­nated by hu­mans. COM­MIT­TING CRIME Cheap, small and un­trace­able, drones are a per­fect ad­di­tion to any crim­i­nal’s arse­nal. Want to get cig­a­rettes and cell­phones into a pri­son? Want to smug­gle crys­tal meth into the US from Mex­ico? Need to fig­ure out which home to bur­gle? Want to steal an­other crim­i­nal’s mar­i­juana crop? A drone could be the ne­far­i­ous tool for you. SE L L I N G RE A L E S TAT E Wor­ried that you’ll only get $1.5 mil­lion for your draughty Auck­land villa? Why not give Trade Me browsers a vir­tual tour of your home and gar­den with an im­pres­sive drone video? Start with the birds-eye view of your house in its sur­round­ings, pan in to the prop­erty, then head in­side. TA KI N G SE L F I E S Dronies” are the new, ul­ti­mate way to snap your­self a selfie video. Hover the drone in front of you, smile for that goofie pic, then send the drone away to record you at the cen­tre of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. It isn’t easy – think about try­ing to keep your­self in the cen­tre of the shot as the drone cam­era moves slowly up­wards. But hol­i­day snaps don’t get much cooler than that. JOUR­NAL­ISM The Univer­sity of Mis­souri’s Drone Jour­nal­ism Pro­gram is teach­ing jour­nal­ism stu­dents how to fly drones, nav­i­gate fed­eral avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tions, op­er­ate re­mote cam­eras, con­sider the ethics of drones, and in­ter­pret and use the ma­te­rial gath­ered by drones.

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