Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is a massive jetliner, designed to comfortable carry 280 people across oceans and between continents. Or, for one special customer with millions to spare, it can carry 40 passengers for 17 hours non-stop in what can only be fairly described as a sort of beige opulence.
If an airship is going to crash, it should do so in a test flight. The large, lumbering lighter-than-air craft are forever burned into the public's mind as a beautiful failure of a previous age, when in 1937 the German airship Hindenburg fell to a fiery death in the fields of New Jersey. That explosion shaped the perception of airships for a century, from everything to jokes in Archer and the iconic setpiece in NBC's upcoming time travel show Timeless, set to debut this fall.
Two years ago the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offered $15,000 to anybody – literally anybody – who could come up with an idea to speed up airport security. It awarded the prize to somebodies for something. Who knows. They wouldn't say who won or for which idea, but since we're here two years later with longer wait times than ever, it's fair to say it hasn't lived up to the groundbreaking ideals of that call to action.
With their latest, low-cost unmanned flying machine, Yuneec isn't really selling a drone. No, the core product behind the brand new Breeze quadcopter is, at its heart, selfies. Effortless, aerial, unique and sometimes video-recorded selfies. The drone is merely the tool with which to get them.