A small, small whirly: Winning uses for micro-drones
In Week 1128, we asked for some imaginative uses for the new, inexpensive CICADA mini-drones that the Navy is developing. After reading a goodly (or badly) number of wistful dreams of swarms of upskirt cameras, the Empress isn’t so sure she wants to go to any more Loser brunches.
A CICADA could be used to deliver pink slips to the soon-to-be unemployed, with a recorded “Remember, change is good — we wish you the best!” farewell after each notification. (Mark Asquino, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)
The only way to get past the shame of the American government spying on its own citizens is for it to issue every man, woman and child a micro-drone so they can spy on each other. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf)
2nd place and the ittybitty coffee mug and mini-sushi key chain:
When someone cuts you off in traffic, send a CICADA to fly inconspicuously alongside the offender’s vehicle and zip suddenly ahead to trip the radar detector as it passes the next speed trap. Then enjoy the schadenfreude when you see the speeding driver pulled over as you sail on by. HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES, ZOOMY McSPEEDY PANTS?? (Danielle Nowlin, Woodbridge)
And the winner of the Inkin’ Memorial
Use the micro-drone as a baby monitor, clinging to the rail of your child’s crib. Years later, your son will write a picture book about his insect friend, Jiminy CICADA, who, instead of taking him on magical adventures, reports his every escape attempt to Mom. (Lawrence McGuire)