Forget the sounds of crumpling wrapping paper, loud video games or musical instruments during the holidays. More parents this year will be dealing with drones buzzing around their homes.
Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to ship in the United States in 2015, a 63 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. About 7 percent of consumers surveyed plan to purchase a drone as a gift this year, a "pretty significant" portion, said Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at the CEA.
Drones — known as unmanned aerial vehicles — have become more popular for recreation, so much so that regulators are scrambling to keep track of them in case of misuse. As more prominent tech companies sell consumer craft, some fast-growing producers stand to reap the benefits of holiday fervor.