I was sent this video the other day. Raffaello D’Andrea is a professor at the TEDGlobal Robot Lab (yes that is as cool as it sounds) and in this video he gives a short talk on the future of drone technology. You really have to see it to believe it. It is incredible.
They talk about the algorithms are used to control the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. I’ve had 15 years experience in as a programmer and I can’t even begin to imagine the code that these guys have written in order to do some of the things you see in the video. It really does show where the technology is headed and the future of aerial photography systems.