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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Drone Floater Camera  
  A one-foot square aerostat capable of hovering with a camera to transmit images back to a base station.  

A runaway robot is running amuck inside a house; a baby is inside the house. Jack Ramsay of the Runaway squad sends a floater camera, a remote-controlled hovering video platform, into the house.


(Top view of floater camera)

"There is a baby alive inside the house. Police are preparing a floater camera which will enter the house and attempt to locate the runaway 912..."

From Runaway, by Michael Crichton.
Published by Tri-Star Pictures in 1985
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Police can view the surveillance video on this cool indash video screen. The idea of having a video screen built into the door of a car is also an interesting idea.


(Indash video control screen)

The movement of the floater camera appears to be entirely remote-controlled.

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