The Breakthrough

The Chaotic Moon prototype can hover autonomously above a crime scene to record the action and upload live video to the cloud or to police headquarters. Then it returns to the top of a police cruiser and recharges until the next encounter. According to the developers, the drone has been under development for 5 months but they haven't sold it to police departments yet.

The Implications

According to the developers, Blue Eyes is neither "pro-cop nor pro-suspect," claiming that the footage is neutral and objective. Having an objective document of an encounter could be extremely useful, as long as the drone is truly autonomous and isn't controlled by police that might want to minimize evidence of a certain encounter. Drones also make a lot of sense beyond body cameras -- they can get different views of a scene and would require less effort to keep them operational if they autonomously charge on top of a police cruiser.

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