My son's latest tech project involves programming a Quad Copter to take-off, climb to 20 meters, fly to multiple GPS points and then land - all on it's own without any human control. We spent most of Fathers Day working on the project (OK I did very little but offer encouragement). The video is after his 4th test and a few replacement props later (thank goodness they're cheap). The test was very successful and it was a very fun Father's Day.
This Quad Copter can carry a payload of a little over a pound and will eventually mount a sony go-pro camera on a gimbal mount. His project is to build a prototype of a security bot that can be triggered to launch via a cell phone call and fly a preset route (around our house), transmit video of the house and then return to it's landing pad - all on it's own.
I'm hoping to use it to get some tracking shots of a big game - with the quad copter flying over a table shooing my mini's in action