As a skills challenge, the Drone Drop comes across as a bit of an absurd circus act, and seems more like a stunt designed to work a “hot topic” technology into the Pro Bowl festivities. It’s not entirely necessary, because drones have already become a popular tool for several sports, but whatever gets those advertising dollars!

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You can see highlights of the Drone Drop competition here, which involved at least a couple of impressive one-handed catches, so there was some skill involved. Does this mean that one day quarterbacks might be replaced by quadcopters buzzing around a stadium? It’s doubtful. They’d certainly come with cheaper contracts, but who wants to see a drone looking into the camera after a Super Bowl win, telling the world it’s going to Disney World?

[YouTube via Robotics Trends]