The BBC reports that the Los Angeles Police Department plans to use model plane-sized surveillance aircraft to assist in its general duties. The planes are so small that they are nearly impossible to see from a typical distance.
These motorized, camera-equipped aircraft can be stored in a backpack and are launched by simply throwing them into the air.
It's all well and good that they want to use these tiny machines, but just wait until one crashes into a Hollywood limousine or, worse, is attacked by a local bird of prey. I can just imagine a couple of hawks tangling with one of these things during mating season!
[Edited 2006-06-07 19:31:16]