The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition quadricopter has a sleek hull (1 of 2) that’s designed for outdoor flying. The hull is 14 inches (35 centimeters) long, and the drone’s total diameter is 22 in. (55 cm), like the rotors, in this configuration. The front-facing camera is noticeable at the front end of the hull. (Image credit: Robert Roy Britt)
Drones may be the next major tech revolution to sweep the world, and these robotic flying machines are now used for purposes that extend far beyond the secretive realm of the military.
Photographers have lofty dreams of using drones to fully capture spectacular aerial views, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos nabbed headlines when he introduced the thought of using drones to provide goods to online shoppers. But, during the period of another decade, these kinds of drones (if indeed they gain approval from the U.S. government) will make up only some of what some predict can be a multibillion-dollar global industry.
For the time being, here are a few surprising ways drones could possibly be used all over the world.
A Yamaha RMAX drone. (Image credit: Yamaha Motor Company)
In Japan, helicopter-style drones created by the Yamaha Motor Company have already been reducing labor and operational costs on farms because the early 1990s. The radio-controlled RMAX drones are accustomed to spray crops with fertilizers and pesticides, giving farmers a far more affordable option to using traditional airplanes.
The unmanned flyers are efficient workers, and given that they can hover low to the bottom, the drones can perform more precise work, company officials have said.
Recently, Yamaha’s RMAX drones are also applied to farms in South Korea and Australia.
Archaeologists flew a drone over a historical site called Blue J in northwestern New Mexico to acquire aerial thermal images of the website. (Image credit: Katie Simon)
What would Indiana Jones think? A team of archaeologists uncovered structures regarded as from a historical Native American village in New Mexico using drones built with heat-sensing cameras. The thermal images enabled the researchers to see under the desert floor, which helped them locate the buried structures.
The DraganFlyer X6 helicopter drone with an attached camera. (Image credit: Draganfly Innovations Inc.)
Researchers at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology are developing drones that may deliver vaccines and other critical medical supplies to remote places in the developing world. January 2014 In, the project won a $100,000 grant from the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.
Matternet Inc., a Silicon Valley-based tech firm, is focusing on an identical venture to create drones with the capacity of transporting supplies to remote areas that are inaccessible by roads.
Expanding ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
Titan Aerospace’s Solara 50 drone. (Image credit: Titan Aerospace)
In March 2014, social media behemoth Facebook purchased Ascenta, a solar-powered drone company located in the uk. Mark Zuckerberg, the business’s leader, has championed an initiative that aims to increase the reach of Internet connectivity across the whole planet.
Facebook intends to utilize the high-altitude flyers within a network of linked satellites, lasers and drones that may beam Internet to remote communities from the sky.
In April 2014, Google purchased its solar-powered drone company: Titan Aerospace. The ongoing company designs ultra-lightweight, solar-powered planes that fly high above commercial air traffic and will remain aloft for five years. While Google hasn’t made its plans public, tech commentators say Titan Aerospace’s drones is going to be used to bring Access to the internet to elements of the earth without reliable usage of the net.
The EYE-Droid FOUR is a little drone made to carry a still or video camera. (Image credit: Infinite Jib Inc.)
Whenever a Silicon Valley start-up announced plans to use drones to provide tacos to its customers, foodies in the Bay Area rejoiced. Unfortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration is blocking the so-called Tacocopter from moving away from the bottom -1 at least until regulations are formally issued in 2015 for private and commercial drones.
Still, the clever venture offers a glimpse in to the innovative services that could emerge from the commercial drone industry.