I have been trying to come up with a new concept for an indoor recreation activity that appeals to all ages and is not just another video game. I am fascinated with the miniature and micro drones that are available as play toys, so my first thought was as of a big unused warehouse space where you could rent one and pretend you are Snoopy flying against the Red Baron. Not a lot of imagination in use but it would teach whoever was flying to think in three dimensions.
Well, the next idea was to divide the big space into different worlds like a reef under the ocean, the moon, a World War I battlefield, or a mythic world where dragons lived. Anyway, the idea is to basically have a simulated landscape to interact with. Then, the drones can be airborne, undersea water craft, or even move on the landscape.
The simulations played out could also be exploration of the simulated landscape, or a construction project, or a battlefield scenario like helicopter rescue. This is already done completely in the virtual worlds of video and multi-player online role playing games, of course, but people still enjoy indulge in laser tag so there is some desire to physically interact with a game.
You still need to interact/control the drone through a handheld interface but I can imagine the feedback can be adjusted for the conditions in which the drone is "flying", e.g..; a microsub encounters different friction through water then a helicopter in air.
I am also imagining that the "pilot" can walk around the simulated landscape to view the action (think motion sensors triggering a sea creature folding up and retracting into the sea bed) and plan various routes. The handheld could also provide a drone's eye view of the landscape if it is equipped with a camera, or other sensors. Or, it could be a completely closed landscape like a human body and then the scenario is a version of the film Fantastic Voyage.
This is probably a dumb idea and certainly it would be expensive unless you could figure out how to easily manufacture the landscapes. Anyway, putting it out there in case it stimulates someone else's imagination for family entertainment with miniature drones.