WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
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It's hard to imagine, but the idea for an unmanned drone followed the introduction of manned aircraft in war by only a few years. Starting in 1916, the US Navy set teams of engineers (led by Elmer Sperry and Peter Hewitt) to work on the problem of delivering a flying bomb without requiring that a crew of aviators be put in danger. They succeeded -- sort of. The first drones weren't really controlled remotely: They had gyroscopes and a barometer that would keep them on something vaguely resembling a straight line after they took off. Since imprecision in things that go "boom" wasn't a virtue (and still isn't, truth be told), they never saw combat in World War I. They became better with the addition of radio-based remote control, but by the mid-1920s the Navy had turned its attention to other things and the project was abandoned.
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