A few weeks ago, Martha Stewart breezily tweeted about "#the possibilities and opportunities" that quadcopters provide, inferring that she indeed possessed one of these new-fangled flying machines. But what is she doing with it? Thanks to an op-ed she penned for Time, now we know.
Stewart has at least two and possibly three drones at her disposal. She was gifted a drone "with a high definition camera" for her birthday, talks about using a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 for social engagements, and taps employee Dominic Arena to fly his DJI Phantom around her Bedford, New York farm to keep tabs on all sorts of interesting sounding things like a clematis pergola and a boxwood allée.
She is excited about the potential of her drone, but like many of us, unsure of the ethical dilemmas:
Do they raise legitimate privacy concerns? Should they be regulated? Should we have a national debate?
However, it doesn't seem to be enough of a concern to deter her from using one:
I don't have all the answers. But I forged ahead using a Parrot AR Drone 2.0, photographing my properties, a party, a hike in the mountains, and a day at the beach. I did my best to master the moves and angles that would result in most arresting pictures and video.
Stewart also contemplates the struggles of our ancestors, who managed to exist at a time when a remote-controlled eye in the sky simply wasn't an option. "It is hard to imagine André Le Nôtre laying out the exquisite landscape designs for Vaux-le-Vicomte, and later the magnificent Château de Versailles, with no high hill to stand on, no helicopter to fly in, and no drone to show him the complexities of the terrain," she writes. She is similarly concerned about the existence of the Great Wall of China.
Yet even with this life-changing worldview, she admits that somehow she is still able to continue her daily activities without drone assistance. "An aerial shot of the vegetable garden looked very much like my Peter Rabbit marzipan embellished Easter cake, which was designed without the help of a drone."
I dunno. It's hard to imagine Stewart laying out the exquisite marzipan designs for the Spring Garden Cake, and later the magnificent Creepy-Crawly Cake, with no high hill to stand on, no helicopter to fly in, and no drone to show her the complexities of the crushed Oreo crumbs. [Time]