30 Dec '11, 1pm

Surveillance Drone for The 99%: Occupy Wall Street Protesters To Monitor Police

Surveillance Drone for The 99%: Occupy Wall Street Protesters To Monitor Police

From whaling wars to military wars , surveillance drones are everywhere -- including the Occupy movement. But it's not the police employing these unmanned machines -- it's reporters like Tim Pool , an American journalist best known for his 21-hour marathon of live-streamed coverage of the Occupy Wall Street eviction, which occurred in New York City on November 15. Despite a media ban on the raid, Pool was able to single-handedly report on events on the ground that day, using little else than a smartphone and donated batteries. But according to the The Guardian , Pool is now working on a project that will facilitate surveillance of police actions during similar events, using a Parrot AR drone that has onboard cameras and which can be remotely controlled by smartphone. Calling this four-rotor mini-helicopter the "OccuCopter," Pool has modified the drone's programming so that...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/occucopter-surveillance...

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