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Posted: 4:13 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Friday night drones: where football and unmanned aerials meet 

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Drones in sports
A still from a video from ESPN featuring drone companies with Austin connections, DJI and Arch Aerial.

By Omar L. Gallaga

Something to keep an eye on and that we'll likely be covering in more depth very soon: how drones could change sports.

In this ESPN video, two companies with Austin connections, DJI (U.S. headquarters in Austin) and Arch Aerial (founded in Austin, headquartered in Houston) are featured. The video shows how UCLA and Westlake High School are each using drones (unnamed aerial vehicles, basically remote-controlled helicopters outfitted with cameras) to capture practice footage and get a bird's-eye view of players.

The piece brings up legal hurdles for drones as well as injuries that have been caused by wayward vehicles, but seems pretty intrigued by the idea that this will make a major mark on sports.

Very cool and worth a look. You can find the video here

Omar L. Gallaga

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Omar L. Gallaga writes about technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He was a technology correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered," helping originate the All Tech Considered segment and blog.

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