The past few years have seen drone entering our everyday life and with great effects. Below is a list of some high-flying tasks executed by drones.
A group of scientists at the Oregon State University has designed two battery-powered drones that can be deployed to monitor potato crops and spot unhealthy plants. The drones, which the researchers have named Unicorn (a delta-winged device) and HawkEye respectively, have a body weight of only 2 pounds.
Both drones come equipped with tiny infrared cameras that are capable of identifying imperfections that are usually invisible to human eye.
Using these drones in windy conditions might not be a good idea; this is because they might find it difficult to takeoff amid gusty winds. However, once they takeoff they can fly over a 125 acre crop field in just 15 minutes.
A research team at the Oklahoma State University is working on Kevlar-reinforced drones that will fly amid storms and send back live updates to forecasters and first responders. It would basically be a 23 kg weather balloon that will be controlled by a tablet or laptop.
According to sources close to the research team, these drones should be ready within the next five years. If successful, the researchers might use the same technology to monitor wildfires and relay collected data to firefighters in order to warn them about fast-moving blazes.
Serving or Delivering Food
Some companies have already started making drones that can serve food. Many restaurants have also started deploying drones to play the role of waiters.
Famous UK restaurant YO! Sushi is currently testing a custom built flying waiter; the drone is made of lightweight carbon fiber and comes equipped with four propellers.
According to a blog post published on YO! Sushi’s official website, this drone has been manufactured using the most sophisticated RC Drone quadicoper technology. One can control the drone remotely via iPad software and onboard Wi-Fi.
Another widely discussed drone is DomiCopter, a project patronized by Domino’s Pizza UK. A prototype of the drone is currently undergoing tests as the company wants to make sure that drones can actually replace pizza delivery personnel.
When it comes to drones, one can only expect to see more innovations in the coming years.