Drones were flying off the shelves over the Christmas period, but mere days into the new year dozens of them are going missing.
Amateur pilots around town have made the mistake of flying their drones too high in the sky and have ended up having their new Christmas presents snatched away by the summer winds.
It’s a classic beginner’s mistake that can happen to smaller sized drones, according to Griffith Systems Plus store manager Adrian Smith.
He recommends going for the larger, heavier models that can hold steady in the winds or else springing for the newer drones with home-return GPS capabilities.
In recent times Mr Smith has seen a boom in the number of customers coming into his shop with an interest in drone technology.
It’s something he sees trending with every demographic: from children looking for a new toy, to farmers looking for a new tool to map out water tracks.
Griffith real estate agents have also started using drones to snap pictures of their properties from up on high.
“Drones have really taken over, and now everyone wants one,” Mr Smith said.
He uses a drone for his own shop, flying over the building’s solar panels with a camera to get a drone’s-eye view of the insulation.
He said drone fever has been on the rise for years and is showing no sign of slowing down, which he attributes to the innovations that come out every year.
The unending stream of new technology is an endless source of fascination for everyone from the most casual hobbyist to the most hardcore gadget geek.
“There’s always a new and shiny version to replace the older models,” Mr Smith said.
He believes drones are not just a passing fad; one day drones will be a common sight on the Griffith skyline.
“It’s impossible to think about all the applications that are available for drones,” Mr Smith said.
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