(NaturalNews) Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) have a wide range of uses, some good, and some bad. The most nefarious use for drones is for targeted killing operations. The U.S. military now justifies their secret drone killings, arguing that a targeted killing of a U.S. citizen is permissible under a 2001 law passed by Congress soon after 9/11! The potential for abuse of drone power is apparent and real.
The technology can also be used for peaceful and creative purposes; for example, helping photographers and filmmakers take new aerial shots. Personal drones are becoming more commercially available, can be purchased for as low as $500 and can be mounted with cameras.
At the end of the day, many people will not feel comfortable with drones flying over their heads, recording and invading their privacy. They can also be equipped with infrared and thermal detectors.
A jealous ex might be driven to spy on an old lover. A nosy neighbor may be tempted to record a conversation down the street. Officers may try to get one up on someone who they think is acting suspicious. The spying capabilities are endless.
Inventors develop Personal Drone Detection System
That's why a group of inventors have launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop a Personal Drone Detection System. The company, Domestic Drone Countermeasures, hopes to raise $8,500 to have the detection systems delivered by May 2015. The company states on their Kickstarter page, "The intent of DDC's Personal Drone Detection System is not to counter military drones. They fly too high and are too sophisticated. Our intent is to keep your privacy safe from your neighbors and people you may not know who are flying small drones near your home or office. The Personal Drone Detection Systems are intended to counter small, personal drones with cameras and other sensors that are not being regulated."
The detection system is comprised of one Primary Command and Control Module and two Detection Sensor Nodes, providing a "mesh grid network that can triangulate moving transmitters."
A user will be able to manage the system on their home computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet -- any device with a WiFi signal. The user will be alerted to all foreign signals within the mesh detection grid. Users will have the option to ignore familiar signals. When the system detects a foreign transmitter, it can alert the user on their smartphone, even if they aren't home.
The fundraiser is open until July 16, 2014, and is offering donors $500-plus rewards. Backers of the project will be the first to test out the new drone detection systems, which are set to be manufactured and delivered in 2015.
Thousands of drones being purchased every month, accidents happening
The new detection systems are coming in the heat of the moment, as thousands of drones are beginning to hit the skies. California drone maker 3D Robotics says they sell around 2,000 autopilot systems every month. DJI Innovations from China is believed to sell 10 times that amount every month.
With this many unmanned aerial vehicles swarming the skies, accidents are bound to happen. On May 8, 2014, an unidentified drone crashed into a high-rise building in downtown St. Louis. The drone was recording high-definition video, but no one knows why it was shooting so close to the buildings. In October of 2013, a drone and an aircraft nearly collided in New York City, forcing a crash.
The inventors are looking to complete the project to help families and businesses mitigate accidents and breaches of privacy. "The first step in countering drones is to detect them. That is why we need your help. Our first prototype detection systems are effective at identifying drones in the lab, but we need more real world testing scenarios."