If you think drones are scary, don't read this (pictures)
Right now they don't do much more than hover and take video. But that's gonna change.
The future of drones
Your average consumer drone is more of a menace than menacing -- a giant plastic mosquito your neighbor's kid can barely control that keeps getting stuck in your trees. But drone makers have been working on improving their products. The drones of the very near future (and sometimes, of right now) are so capable, it's almost scary.
The racing drone scene is an actual thing, and it's only going to get more popular in 2016. This Furious 320 from Walkera can hit a top speed of 75 mph...and record in respectable HD video while it's at it.
The Belgian-designed Fleye doesn't boast a mind-blowing flight time -- 10 minutes, maybe -- but what it lacks in endurance it makes up for in safety. Its round shape and gridded cage are designed to reduce risk of personal injury. The makers of Fleye call their invention "the world's safest drone."
Air drones are so 2015. Think freshwater drones, like this SeaWolf, which can house a GoPro via a front mount. The newest version of the SeaWolf has a waterproof controller built to be used with one hand.
Flight times are a huge challenge for drone makers; it's no fun setting up a flight only to have your drone crash 10 minutes later. But! This is a Walkera hexacopter that can fly for more than an hour, thanks to a GenSmart methanol motor that charges the battery as it flies.