Drone (Object Lessons)

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Readers interested in technology and/or warfare will very much enjoy reading Drone. The book is a small-format paperback in a series called Object Lessons. Adam Rothstein did an admirable job, writing about every aspect of drones in detailed and organized fashion. The details may be too much for some readers, but those keenly interested in the subject will gobble this up. Rothstein opens with details of the four technologies’ history and development, all of which are directly related to the drones’ evolution: automobiles, aircraft, computers, and robots. Drones are primarily for military use, and they were specifically developed by or for the military. The next two far less important uses are aerial photography (e.g. mapping and Geographic Information Systems) and hobbies. Military drones are highly sophisticated and quite costly. A good discussion of hardware, software, drones as robots, and ethics follows—in fact, drones are aerial robots. Drone safety in the air and potential crashes are serious problems. The future is bright, but unpredictable. The author touches other somewhat related areas, such as license plate recognition systems. The many nice, simple, black-and-white illustrations are helpful.


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Author Adam Rothstein
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 189 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date 2015-Jan-29
ISBN 9781628926323
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Issue March 2015
Category Science & Nature
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