Drone for loan

Many Libraries nowadays are lending non-traditional items that are useful to their students and customers. With Amazon’s drone delivery service in the works there has been a rise in suggestions that libraries use drones to deliver books. The University of South Florida is combining these ideas by offering drones for loan.

Sensibly, as there have been several security, privacy and health and safety concerns about drones in America in the last month, students will not be able to just check out the items as easily as a book. The students will have to undergo training, explain what they want to use it for and, for now, restrict their use of the drone to campus.

I’ve been hearing about drones and their non-military uses with increasing frequency in the last few years, starting with being shown how they could be used to rapidly re-map an area after a natural disaster at a conference in 2012, to their being part of interactive gaming at Playing for Change earlier this year. It seems likely that drones are going to be an increasing part of our landscape. Like Google Glass it seems that the innocuous uses of most drone users may be outweighed by paranoia about the potentially criminal uses of a few individuals.


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4 thoughts on “Drone for loan

  1. An interesting topic to consider. I need to read more about drone technology to establish an informed opinion, but I do share the concerns you mention in your last paragraph. I was walking at the weekend when a drone appeared out of nowhere and hovered over my family for several minutes. Who was controlling it? Where were they? What were they filming? Were we being filmed? I felt quit disconcerted and vulnerable, exposed to something like unregulated CCTV!

  2. Maybe we’ll end up getting a phone app (DroneApp) that you can point at any drone to get details on what it’s doing and why. Also people have got used to expectations of privacy in certain locations (like on the 15th floor of a building) that may no longer be as inaccessible if drones are in play.

  3. My friend bought a drone because he was interested in them and thought they were cool, plus he was feeling flush. He’s been escorted off several non-military sites for using it to take photos and for curiosity’s sake.

    I think that laws need to start keeping up with new technology a lot quicker. Drones have plenty of innocuous uses, like you mention, but the problem arises when you’re trying to establish how the footage taken is being used. Who owns the airspace? It’s all very complex and at the moment there’s no clear guidance.

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