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Most Influential Teen drives a … drone?

Thursday, January 5, 2017by  Sharlyn Petit

drawing of boy sitting on soaring paper planeToday’s youth. I have a niece who can navigate past my phone’s home screen to get to YouTube, find her favorite channel, and sort through to find the most recent videos. She’s 5.

Meanwhile in thirty-something town, it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to use Snapchat.

There’s something about growing up digital that’s creating touchscreen toddlers and preschool programmers, and there’s not much we can do to keep up.

One Utah teen already has Founder, CEO, and Time magazine’s “Most Influential Teen” on his resume thanks to a high-flying drone.

George Matus founded Teal Drones after a few years of being a test pilot for a drone company at the age of 12. Now at age 19, he leads a company of 14 employees working to launch a $1,299 drone in 2017.

And of course, it’s not just an ordinary drone. It reaches speeds over 70 miles per hour, recognizes its owner, and is the first drone with a super computer built in.

Bravo to Matus and other teen inventors who push boundaries in their fields, or create new ones altogether.

See which other young influencers made Time’s list, and read more about Teal Drone’s story.

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