These days whether you are a drone supporter or a drone critic, one thing we can agree on is drones are here to stay. Everyday we are learning about new and amazing ideas for using drones. It is an awesome time to be involved with drones. They are enhancing our everyday lives, advancing our industries, and expanding our futures. So, what you ask can these drones do?
Surely by now you have heard of at least some of the tasks drones are carrying out such as deliveries for companies like Amazon and Domino’s and the many uses they have in the military. But these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) have some other very cool uses.
- Drones are starting to be used more and more for Search & Rescue Missions now that the technology is getting increasingly advanced. UAV’s can get to places where humans, search dogs, and helicopters can’t. They can be immediately put into action with no delay, giving rescuers real-time information when seconds matter the most. Missing hikers and natural disaster victims will be very thankful for that little drone flying around them in their time of need.
- Did you watch the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year? Well if you did then you saw an amazing light show going on in the sky behind Lady Gaga. Those lights were actually 300 little drones with an Intel technology called Shooting Star, which allows specialist to choreograph an airborne light show with an army of drones. Disney World also recently used the same technology to put on their Starbright Holiday show in Orlando.
- Watching ESPN a while back I stumbled upon the DRL or the Drone Racing League. That’s right drone racing! Pilots fly these racing drones at speeds over 100mph around a stadium or abandoned building and through a course specifically designed for these drone races. Pilots are flying them by wearing FPV (First Person View) goggles that transmit a live feed from a small camera mounted on the front of the drone. These pilots are truly skilled at flying these drones, making split second manuevers to get to the finish line first. It really is something to watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
- Do we have any aspiring movie directors out there? Drone film festivals are starting to pop up all over the globe giving amateur film makers a chance to show off their short movies to crowds of thousands of movie buffs. The FRiff (Flying Robot International Film Festival) , the New York City Drone Film Festival, and the European Drone Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain this year are just a few of the more popular events showcasing these short movies shot entirely from the perspective of a drone. FRiFF had 180 movie submissions from filmmakers of 40 different countries, while the New York City Drone Film Festival had upwards of 350 submissions from 45 different countries. To say these aerial shot movies are taking off is an understatement.
So what can drones do for you? Pretty much anything you can think of and then some. Whether its movies, sports, aerial light shows, or maybe saving your life one day, I personally look forward to seeing what the future holds for drone technology.