10 years of drones: 10 drones that changed the skies forever

10 years of drones: 10 drones that changed the skies forever
The Parrot AR Drone - the world's first ready-to-fly done, which was first demonstrated at CES ten years ago in January 2010 (Image credit: Getty Images)

It is 10 years since the first ready-to-fry drone was launched. In January 2010 the Burj Khalifa (still the world's tallest building) was officially opened. The same week French tech firm Parrot reached for the sky in an entirely different way, announcing the A.R.Drone to the world at CES Las Vegas. This first mass-market drone certainly grabbed attention, uniquely bringing the fast-growing worlds of smart phones, accelerometer-driven tech and geek-chic into a single package.

As 2020 gets underway, it’s a good time to look back on what that flying novelty heralded. That year much of the excitement at the show was about chunky tablets being shown (Apple’s iPad was still three months in the future), and visitors were still impressed by large flat-screen TVs offering 1080p. This year it’s a safe bet that thin TVs will still occupy a lot of the Las Vegas convention centre, but the consumer drone world will likely look very different. 

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook