Forget Amazon Prime Air, the drone-based delivery system Jeff Bezos wants to introduce within five years, for a second… drones are already having an impact today.

Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is enduring political protests and, unlike previous disturbances in 2010, media are using drones to get unprecedented levels of information. Aside from keeping tabs on the action, drones help make estimates of crowd sizes more accurate and can produce stunning footage to boot.

For example, these videos — shared by Bangkok Pundit — show protesters clashing with police, and returning tear gas canisters that were fired at them.

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