IN PICTURES: 15 current and future uses for drones

For a world already on edge about NSA spying, drone technology is just another reason to keep looking over our shoulders.

Our house is a very, very fine house The most common use for drones in the U.S. is capturing video and still images to promote real estate and create electronic travel brochures. Helicon is one such company with an impressive portfolio of video and still images of properties. A search on Google delivers dozens of U.S.-based companies advertising drone-related video and photography real estate services. According to FAA rules, these companies are operating illegally.

A Freedom of Information Act request by television station WRTV in Indianapolis, Ind. revealed that the FAA has launched 23 investigations into illegal drones, 10 drone operators have received warning letters, and 5 unauthorized drones have been spotted by pilots flying in the U.S.

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