A gathering of drones

Published 5:15 PM ET, Thu January 23, 2014
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Drone hobbyists watch a pair of the aircraft take to the air at a recent Make Drone "Fly-In" event in American Canyon, California. Click through for more scenes of drones and their human masters. RC Rivera/CNN
3D Robotics employee Pablo Lema views live video streamed from the drone above his head. The first-person view is displayed on his goggles, while he steers the device with a hand-held controller. RC Rivera/CNN
Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics, holds the company's new Iris drone. The device is designed for aerial photography and will cost $750 when it is released in February. RC Rivera/CNN
Fighting Walrus co-founder Andy Brown demonstrates his company's iPad accessory (mounted on the left side of the tablet), a $129 device for controlling and communicating with drones. RC Rivera/CNN
Zolie Sarriugarte, 7, gets ready to take a drone for a spin. Sarriugarte likes drones because "if there's a ball stuck up in a tree you can go fly over and knock the ball out." RC Rivera/CNN
Live video from a DJI Phantom drone is displayed on an iPhone app. The Phantom controller has a special mount for the smartphone. RC Rivera/CNN
A young drone fan checks out the Game of Drones damage-resistant flying vehicle, which can withstand paintball hits, shotgun blasts and baseball bats. RC Rivera/CNN
Inventor Glenn Elmore says drones can be used to launch his inexpensive antennas high in the air where they can get better signal strength. The technology could be useful after natural disasters to quickly create temporary communication networks. RC Rivera/CNN
An enthusiast takes a drone, outfitted with a camera, for a spin in the test flight area. Aerial photography is one of the most popular uses for smaller consumer drones. RC Rivera/CNN