Because of the U.S. military's controversial use of combat drones, the word itself gets a bad wrap. Some drone manufacturers have even gone as far as launching rebranding efforts, calling their products "unmanned aerial vehicles" instead. It's a shame this is even necessary. Drones have plenty of exciting, innocuous uses that don't deserve to be associated with air strikes.

Regardless of semantics, drones are only going to become more popular. That's why we we gathered some of the coolest drone developments with 15 Uses for Drones That Don't Involve Controversial Killings.