Forget about China's first aircraft carrier, the U.S. military has a whole new reason to be scared.
At the world's largest robotics show in Washington this week, China debuted the F50 — a small drone the size of a pizza pan that comes equipped with a high-def camera.
Now, lots of countries have drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The U.S. has drones, Israel, Brazil and Iran.
All they are, really, are anything that flies autonomously or by remote-control. By that definition, you can even buy a drone at Brookstone (it's called a Parrot).
So, China isn't breaking new ground.
Nor is the news shocking. There were hints of what was to come in November, when China showed 25 drone models at the Zhuhai air show.
But the takeaway is nonetheless significant. Competition among drone developers is growing fierce, and we're likely to see the technology advance at a heightened pace in years to come.
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While most drones are used for surveillance purposes, and the commercial applications there aren't lost on the business world, there are also drones that kill people.
And developers around the world are working on making drones in general lighter, smaller, more powerful and more able to stay aloft for longer periods of time.
The drones of today may not be fully autonomous yet, but it's the drones of tomorrow that have most people worried.