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Boeing built a laser cannon to shoot down drones

Boeing built a laser cannon to shoot down drones
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Drones are quickly becoming the next big tech market. In just a few years, they've gone from a basic cheap toy, or very expensive do-it-yourself hobby, to an affordable item that anyone can get and enjoy.

Whether you're into aerial photography, air racing, or just want something large to fly, drones can do it. Read our guide that walks you through the process of buying the right drone for you.

Companies are looking at them for deliveries, emergency services, cheaper aerial photography, universal Internet and much more.

With the good, however, comes the bad. Hobby drones being flown in the wrong places are routinely threatening landing airplanes, hindering firefighting, ruining natural landmarks, getting near the White House and invading neighbor privacy. And those are flown by ordinary citizens.

With drones becoming so cheap and practical, there's the danger that terrorists could start using them to spy or deliver bombs. Hackers could use them to break into Wi-Fi. Militaries around the world are scrambling for armed drones, both the expensive military models and cheaper civilian models. There's even a drone out there carrying a handgun.

That's a worry since most military air defenses are geared toward large craft and drones are small and operate in populated areas. You wouldn't want to start firing off missiles or hundreds of 20mm bullets in downtown, assuming they could even hit a small, rapidly evading drone. Even with drone-destroying ammunition on the market for personal guns, it would be nice to have a more reliable, longer-range way to bring them down.

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