There's something of a pattern to be seen in technological innovation. At first, usefulness is all that matters. Aesthetics are put to one side. This was certainly the case for televisions, cellphones and computers - remember how big and ugly they used to be? Then comes the phase of the fashion-conscious, as consumers grow tired of clunky new models masquerading as the latest in innovation, and start to want things which appear to have moved forwards, on the outside as well as the inside.
In a world of 4K TV's, cellphones which have become as much an accessory as a communications device and laptops which wouldn't look out of place in a modern art gallery, it's no wonder that the drone industry is catching up as well. Admittedly, this is an industry in its infancy, but it seems like the smaller is better mantra applies here too...
At the end of the month drone manufacturer Axis are releasing a new quadcopter, the Vidius, which is so tiny that it fits into the palm of your hand. It's roughly 1.5 inches square, and yet is still able to live-stream and record video in 420p. Axis reckon that their Vidius will be the smallest drone ever to be equipped with a camera.
As it's so small it also has the benefit of being under the weight limit for FAA registration, so you can fly it straight out of the box. The Vidius is set for launch at the end of January, and will even feature pre-programmed flips and tricks to add some aerial stunts to your flights.
Whether or not this teeny drone is a sign of things to come remains to be seen, but with more drones such as this expected to be introduced to the market, it might not be long before the FAA reconsider their over-250 gram registration requirement.