Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban police from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant. The bill would make exceptions for emergencies such as searches and rescues, hostage situations and when there’s an immediate danger to someone.
Drone hovers outside Hawaii Kai woman’s bedroom, but no crime was committed
“There were these green and red LED’s that were coming from the whirring thing and I quickly realized it was a drone outside my bedroom,” she says the drone hovered above the privacy curtain for a few seconds. When she walked toward it, it flew off.
Dispelling any doubt that drones have gone mainstream, Honolulu is now home to a brick-and-mortar retail and service shop dedicated to the flying machines.
A drone operator was chased and tased by a ranger at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The confrontation happened after park rangers say the man refused to cooperate when he was caught using a drone to video the Kilauea volcano in an area where massive crowds have been gathering at night to witness the rising lava lake.
Drone groups and pilots are being encouraged to participate in upcoming second annual Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire! It’s taking place on May 9 at Iolani School. Organizers were able to secure the gym and are would like to make that area aeronautics/drone-themed. Some ideas thrown around include drone races, presentations on some of the positive applications of drones (i.e. searching for lost hikers), etc.
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Drones may be useful to farmers for monitoring their crops and livestock; also to governments trying to access damage after a natural disaster, or to make it possible for photographers to get incredible video of big wave surfing, but they can also be noisy and invasive pests. Like so many other emerging technologies, unmanned aircraft operations are proliferating faster than officials can regulate them. Nowadays, drones are capable of taking professional-quality photos, as well as video, and can be purchased online for less than $300.
Photo courtesy Mauricio Lima.
Calling all UAV, quadcopter, and drone pilots and enthusiasts in Honolulu! Come on down to the Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday, June 1 at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. Shop talk, show and tell, and discuss best practices and community outreach.
Growing up in Hawaii, Eric Sterman fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and surfing. One day he saw a drone in Bali with a camera on it and something clicked. He set out to become the best surf-drone-cameraman around, and with 60k+ followers on Instagram, he is well on his way. His work has gone viral all across the Internet.