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I was in the toy manufacturing business for about 25 years. At a certain point it became obvious that the best selling category of toys is the rc toys, also known as remote control toys or radio control toys. Kids love rc cars, particularly rc stunt cars, but also rc boats, rc trucks, and of course rc airplanes. Flying an rc airplane is a lot more exciting than playing on the ground with an rc toy, but, it is still somewhat boring, similar to flying a kite that just sits there. When the rc helicopters came out in 2005, they came as a tsunami….The factories in China were not able to produce enough to supply the demand: mini rc helicopters, tiny rc helicopters, palm size rc helicopters, nano helicopters, indoor rc helicopters and outdoor remote controlled helicopters….it just went on and on. It was crystal clear that remote control helicopters and radio controlled helicopters are the next big thing…for a very long time. But who could have imagined that the craze of flying rc toys, would turn into the “drone” craze?All the toy factories in China need to do is attach a camera or a video camera to an rc helicopter, and this helicopter now becomes a… drone. The number of uses for drones is unimaginable and unlimited. Just like the rc helicopters, the drones come in multiple sizes and shapes. Large drones, mini drones, outdoor drones, indoor drones, expensive drones, cheap drones, it just goes on and on. Now I tell my dog to fetch the newspaper, it is just a question of time before indoor tiny drones will be able to fetch and move things from one place to another inside the house. Just think of all the aerial photography opportunities the drones offer! Land surveys, agriculture use, search and rescue, spying and tracking movements, delivery of goods, and last but not least, just fun….As time goes by, the drones will be put to use more and more for commercial and professional tasks, but the largest sector using and buying drones will always be the consumer market, drones are the ultimate fun, exciting toy!
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