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The National Association of Broadcasters 2006 electronic-media conference, offering a showcase of the latest broadcasting technology, is taking place this week in Las Vegas.
One gadget on display there is the CVG-A "autonomous" minihelicopter from Van Nuys, Calif.-based Coptervision. Production companies can rent the little whirlybird--starting at $5,000--to film commercials, movies and music videos or to take still photographs. Coptervision plans to begin selling its helicopters in the fall.
Here are the PC-enabled controls for the CVG-A. The system allows an operator to set a flight plan with a computer. The tiny helicopter can safely fly below bridges, around trees and inside warehouses.