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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..."

Technovelgy 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.

Compare to the raytron apparatus from Beyond the Stars (1928) by Ray Cummings, the scarab robot flying insect from The Scarab (1936) by Raymond Z. Gallun, the artificial eye drone from Glimpse (1938) by Manly Wade Wellman, eyes from This Moment of the Storm (1966) by Roger Zelazny, the Ultraminiature Spy-Circuit from The Unknown (1972) by Christopher Anvil, copseyes from Cloak of Anarchy (1972) by Larry Niven, the sky ball from A Day For Damnation (1985) by David Gerrold, the aerostat monitor from The Diamond Age (1995) by Neal Stephenson, the loiter drone from The Algebraist (2004) by Iain Banks and the bee cam from City of Pearl (2004) by Karen Traviss.

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  - LaWS Laser Can Take Out Rogue Drones

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