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Near the end of his article called "How I Accidentally Kickstarted the Domestic Drone Boom," Chris Anderson talks about a product his company is working on — the idea is to make it possible to document your feats of derring-do with a drone. If you want to, say, scale a cliff-face and have the adventure captured for posterity, a drone mounted camera would hover at a pre-programmed distance, filming non-stop. It's not hard to extrapolate from this a future in which people walk around with a personal drone hovering nearby documenting their every move. At last, those who always dreamed of living inside the movies of their lives will get their wish.

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