The surveillance state already exists. Remote-controlled drones are more and more used for surveillance. We don't think that this is the real purpose of drones. To show many more use cases, we've built a quadcopter, named Quadroid, in cooperation between Stuttgart Media University and University of Stuttgart.
With our programmed controlling software based on Android, Quadroid is able to fly autonomously. In future cases this could lead to multifuncitonal uses cases with Quadroid: Pizza-Delivery, following and filming of extreme sports sportsmen like paragliders and so on. There are various application possibilities.
There are many people who have more than one smartphone. But what do you do with old ones? With Quadroid, we offer the needed hard- and software to use your old smartphone as a quadrocopter remote device.
For the Quadroid project, we're exclusively using android smartphones. We're developing the app with the Android SDK and NDK. Besides, we're using an Arduino board to control the motors via Android SDK. A detailed system architecture and the used algorithms will be added in the near future.