Chris Anderson, EIC of Wired, has a geek weakspot: R/C Planes. Here's a guide he wrote to turn shitty digicams, old parts from tripods, some cardboard and rubber bands into a budget aerial video solution. (Plane not include, and best used on a stable plane like the EasyStar.) Then, he jury-rigs some mindstorm kit into a crude autopilot system that returns home via a compass heading 180 degrees from its original path. It could work, but only if the airplane's tail is pointing at you when you activate it. Anyhow, this is only a holdover until he gets the GPS worked into there.
Video of the aerial cam after the jump:
This info came to me by Wired's Geek Dad Blog, which is maybe their best blog yet. Maybe that's because more than a few editors there are entering parenthood right now. I can feel the excitement for both their kids and the granular tech coming through in each post; that's something you don't feel in every big-picture tech story.
P.S. I've done round ups of R/C Plane reviews for Wired, and I'd think many of those models I'd recommended then, are as good or better now.
Geek Dad Blog [Wired]