Malloy Aeronautics have their eye on a truly groundbreaking (pun intended) concept, which actually makes quite a bit of sense. View their kickstarter here.
The goal is to create a drone which can be piloted by either a human or remote controlled. Using simplified helicopter technology, the engineers were able to push the envelope on current drone tech to create such machinery capable of reaching altitudes of 9000ft with speeds up to 100 knots.
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Be sure to participate in the kickstarter if you're interested in the company, project and/or future endeavours. I'm sure Google is keeping a close eye on this.
They even give you the schematics to create "Buster". Pretty neat.
I can see where the inspiration came from ...