From sport to shopping; how drones will soon be part of our everyday lives

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Forget Formula One, the new sport in town is drone racing, reports Judith Duffy for The Herald.

Participants don first person view (FPV) headsets to guide a drone round a course of obstacles such as hoops, gates and flags, with the help of a video feed from tiny cameras attached to the machine to guide them.

There are currently around six clubs in Scotland which have sprung up in the past couple of years and a dedicated organisation FPV Scotland, which held the first national competition last year.

Allan Sneddon, event organiser for FPV Scotland and owner of drone shop KoolToyz, said most of the ‘pilots’ who took part in racing built their own drones.

“Most of the time there are no two drones the same,” he said. “It is a head-to-head race, but you can only ever race maximum six drones in one race because of the frequencies – any more than that and your video feed bleeds into your competitors.

“They last three or four minutes due to limitations on batteries – but these things are superfast, they will probably do 70mph plus and get to that speed in under three seconds.”

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