Our Friday morning keynote speaker, Chris Anderson, is living the dream. Specifically, a story in the UK’s The Register, says Anderson blogged this week that his “hero” Richard Branson has invested in his company, 3D Robotics, and that the Virgin executive and aviation/aerospace pioneer recently flew some 3D Robotics drones over his Caribbean estate, Necker Island, to gather some rather spectacular images of the normally private paradise.

Anderson, who will be talking about drones, robotics, and the maker movement and how it impacts the ARM community for his ARM TechCon keynote on Friday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 am, blogged, “Not only is it thrilling to be part of [Branson’s] network, but we also got to bring a fleet of drones to his famed Caribbean island, Necker, to tell the story of his life there from an aerial view.” I myself once took a catamaran trip past Branson’s mansion, which is perched on a promontory overlooking the sea, and even from a distance it is as off-the-charts amazing as you’d imagine. I’ll have to see if Chris can get me an invitation the next time he’s palling around with his new BFF in the tropics.

To see some of the footage of the amazing aerial videos shot from an ARM-based X8 drone, click here. To register for ARM TechCon 2014 and see Chris Anderson’s keynote, including a drone demo, click here.