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Innovative drones go far beyond photography

One exhibitor getting a lot of attention is the company PowerVision and their product the PowerEgg. 9/07/16 (Sergio Avila / KSNV)

The chief of the FAA says drones will become the norm as their commercial use evolves.

This week Las Vegas is the center of the drone world as the Paris Hotel hosts the Interdrone conference.

One exhibitor getting a lot of attention is the company PowerVision and their product the PowerEgg.

The photography drone is designed to be stowed in the shape of an egg.

"When you put it at home, it's like a work of the art," said Wally Zheng, CEO of Powervision.

Unlike traditional drones, the Poweregg can be controlled by holding a remote and gesturing with your arm.

But photography is just one use of drones.

"We've never dreamt this 10-years-ago," said David Lacey, founder of AirTopo.

Lacey is a land surveyor and says drones have revolutionized his work.

The drones they work with use cameras and lasers to create a topographical map of an area.

"Traditionally we take a job that would take two weeks to do and now we can do it in about 4 hours," said Lacey.

Other drones like those from Prodrone uses machines that have arms to pick things up and move them.

They can even be used for underwater photography.

Others are created to follow you and can stream whatever you do live to the web.

The head of the FAA says they're dedicated to making sure the machines are integrated to our skies safely and says they welcome the innovations.

"This is the new normal we have to recognize this is a technology that's evolving very very quickly," said Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator.



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