Trends with Benefits: Gun drones, flying cars, fancy fishin’ and the fall of ESPN


On this week’s podcast, we talk about ESPN’s streaming woes, the advent of drones, flying cars, and an irrational hatred of paragliders and raspberry beer. We broadcast this discussion live on Periscope at 2:30 p.m. Pacific every Thursday, taking your questions, so tune in next week for more tech discussion and an excellent view of Caleb’s neck.

ESPN has reportedly lost more than 3 million subscribers recently. Is it because of the network’s lack of a standalone streaming app? Or has the network just stretched itself too thin?

By now, you’ve surely seen the video made by an 18-year-old in Connecticut recently posted a video of his drone firing a gun. The FAA is investigating, but is it really illegal on his private property? What does this mean for the future of home-modified drones, and how can you stop it?

Meanwhile, the AguaDrone is a lot less terrifying and a lot more lazy. It comes with a sonar fish finder, a camera and the ability to take your lure out over the water and drop it right where the fish are. If someone tries using this thing on a lake where you’re fishing, you’ll probably wish you had that gun drone.

A viewer on Periscope wants to know what’s happening with Amazon drone deliveries. Sorry, no drone deliveries yet, but another company delivered a drone with another drone as a proof of concept. Seriously.

Finally, the future promised in the Jetsons may be on the horizon!  Terrafugia (sorry if we mispronounce it) is developing an actual hybrid flying car. Will flying cars lead to air rage?

Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits, visit Digital Trends and send in your questions to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

Today’s episode features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Nick Mokey and host Greg Nibler.

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