Some universities have awesome “makerspaces” where patrons have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and other emerging technology. Others have books that are bound in human skin. Thankfully, the University of South Florida’s library is closer to the former than the latter, in that they now offer aerial drone check-outs. Though, you never know: after the drones gain sentience and enslave all of humanity just like we’ve always feared they might, the USF library could one day have both!
There are also some stipulations, of course—you have to have a faculty member present to supervise you during your flight, and you must enroll in a training course first beforehand. Given our own experience in drone piloting here at this office, that sounds perfectly reasonable. You can learn more about the program by watching the above ABC Action News video or by checking out the USF website.
(via Neatorama, image via ABC News)