As those who read me frequently know, I am fascinated by Moore’s Echo, the law that states that whatever is cutting edge technology will be a toy in 7 years. Why, because the line between what is a toy and what is “real” is getting narrower and narrower. In addition, those 7 years keeps coming down.
That really came home this week when I found an article in the Examiner entitled “Flying Toys with Video Cameras”. The article speaks about the growing number of toy spy planes. It seems that toy as well as hobby & craft companies are mounting highly effective video cameras in remote control, miniature airplanes and helicopters. Here is how the article puts it:
Today's commercial toys have just recently caught up with the camera-in-the-sky craze. The 'air hogs' series of model aircraft began the trend last year with its 'eagle eye' helicopter, enabling kids to conduct covert surveillance the house with a remote control platform which only five years ago would have seemed like science fiction
The article’s author, David Cox, particularly liked Spin Master’s Air Hogs R/C Hawk Eye Blue Sky plane. “It shoots remarkably good quality video (640 X 240 pixels at 30 frames per second) on an R/C plane platform that is VERY easy to fly and offers a good three minute flight on a full charge.” All for a price tag of $79.99.
As I read the articled I could not help but think about the Pentagon’s recently loss of a very expensive unmanned spy plane over Iran. At a retail price of $79.99 for the Air Hogs Hawk Eye Blue Sky plane perhaps, the Pentagon should get in touch with Spin Master.