The Palm Of Your Hand: The DJI Spark

They say good things come in small packages, and in the case of the DJI Spark, “they” are absolutely correct.

 

At first blush it's easy to dismiss the Spark as a “selfie drone,” or a well-appointed toy designed for the masses. The idea that a drone like this could be used for law enforcement may see far-fetched.

 

But then the proof is in the pudding.

 

At $499, it’s hard to argue with the price, and as tiny a package as the Spark comes in, it’s hard to complain about it being bulky. It features the ability to fly with your phone as the controller, use of a separate dedicated controller, or with no controller at all – just using your hands and the gesture control mode. It’s got 15-20 minutes of endurance, and has an on-board 1080p camera, forward and downward-facing obstacle avoidance.

 

So how would one use this in your police department? At this price, I can foresee a day that departments with active drone programs issue one of these for each patrol car to keep in the glovebox as standard gear.

 

As a SWAT tool, the Spark goes a long way too. Consider a hostage scenario where a gunman has an undisclosed number of hostages. You face the decision of sending officers into a potentially lethal situation simply to gather more information. An alternative method – send in a $499 Spark to gather intelligence, or simply monitor the perimeter to find the best opening.

 

Hey, and it also comes in 5 pretty colors, so if you like options, you’re covered.

 

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