Small drones big at Consumer Electronics Show

New technology is on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Thousands of companies with toys, commercial equipment, gadgets and apps are introducing their next big thing. We sent our consumer tech reporter Jamey Tucker to the show to see what’s next in the tech world. 

A few years ago there were drones at CES, but just a few companies with just a few drones. Now, there’s an entire section dedicated to unmanned aerial vehicles.

Drones are such a big part of the consumer technology market that drone companies have to find some way to stand out from the crowd. The newest drones are controlled by apps on smartphones and tablets. A growing number are controlled by hand gestures.

Some are so easy to fly that the user does nothing more than walk away. A few taps of an app, and the drone goes wherever the user’s or the users’ smartphone goes. 

There are big drones, drones specifically for search and rescue, and drones that fit in the palm of your hand. And they’re getting easier and easier to fly. 

Competition in the drone space is soaring, and prices are coming down. Price is the determining factor for most consumers, but drones like the ones from Byrobot hope new features will turn heads.

“We have a driving kit for it where you can turn the drone into a car," a spokesperson told me. "And we also have a drone with a streaming video camera where you can stream to a bluetooth device.”

Drones are big again this year at CES, and I imagine they’ll be even bigger by this Christmas.

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