Something that may still creep some people out is the idea of drome technology handling any task or “keeping an eye” on people. Whatever your take on drome technology may be, it seems to continue to grow in different markets. We might as well stay informed in current innovations.
• LIFE SAVING DRONES – The thought of being stranded in a remote location is enough to worry anyone. A solar powered drone can be activated during an avalanche (for example) and set out to find anyone that may need help.
• ROBOTIC PIZZA DELIVERY DRONES – Domino’s Domi Copter is a robotic remote controlled helicopter that has been tested a couple of times. It has a camera to capture delivery footage and promises warm pizza delivery. It is still a working process…that would at least avoid traffic.
• MEDIC DRONES – The Smart Aid can quickly appear at the scene of an accident, helping bystanders until the professionals arrive. It is essentially a flying First Aid Kit that can be summoned by an onlooker with the help of a smartphone app.
• MAIL DELIVERY DRONES – Amazon Prime Air is a working process with the goal of delivering an item within 30 minutes. Pending concerns with public safety are still being worked out but Amazon is hoping for an approval by 2015.
• GPS GUIDED DRONES – The “Skycall” was launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help students navigate their campus. It uses UAV technology to automatically sense environmental factors and interact with real people. A Smartphone app even tailors destinations. Once a user calls the drone via the app, the drone will fly to them.
• AIRPLANE INSPECTING DRONES – Drones already have developed sensors that would make them ideal to inspect an aircraft without the need for ladders or cranes, improving inspection quality. They are intended to facilitate the job of human inspectors, not replace them.
• AUTOMATIC FILMING DRONES – The HEXO+ can fly over users and film. Intended for extreme sport events, users can select angles, orientation and distance preferences. The drone keeps track of the users’ position via their cell phone, and also uses predictive algorithms to predict users’ trajectory. There is also a manual option.
• AERIAL DRONEVERTISING – Instead of cranes advertising to high rise buildings, a company in Moscow has used drones advertising restaurants at lunch time.
The possibilities of drone technology appear to be endless, but people still seem to be weary about the possibilities of malfunction. Only time will tell how we adapt to this type of technology and how fast it really develops.