Everyone knows of these things called drones, but very few know what drones can actually do. This article will explore just some of the endless possibilities that remote control drones have in the current world and will have in the future.
Imagine this – within the next few years flying robots will be giving you the mail and instantly delivering your online purchases right to your front door. Also, your going to start watching a whole new type of sport on your TV – FPV drone racing.
Yes. And this is just the beginning
You probably remember Amazon talking about their plans to send your product to your door in just half an hour using drones. On top of that, the multi-billion pound company GoPro is starting its own drone development scheme too. In Hawaii, there is the DRWC (Drone Racing World Championship) where the prize is an incredible $100,000. Heck, NASA has even used drones to carry 10 pounds of medical supplies to a remote clinic in Virginia. Ultimately, all you need to know is that drones are becoming more popular and people are starting to get serious about them.
So when did this drone craze start?
Personal drones that you can make and fly started being produced in 2010 and since then have become ever more popular.
There are two types of drones – commercial drones and DIY drones. Commercial drones such as the Phantom, are drones that you can buy and control to take amazing areal photography. However, DIY drones is a newish hobby where people actually start building their own drones – usually for half the price of a commercial one.
Indeed, the DIY drone industry is becoming more popular by the day. Many people have setup business and shops purely around this upcoming industry – and they sell different types of drone parts. Whilst it is still relatively unknown at the moment, in my opinion, DIY drones are going to explode in popularity within the next two years.
What drones do we currently have?
Let take a look at commercial drones first. The most popular high end commercial drone is the DJI Phantom. It is a sleek white drone that flies for 15 minutes and produces some memorising areal photography. This drone literally flew the drone industry out of a nerdy niche to a industry that the average consumer can enjoy.
Indeed, drones have also become ‘intelligent.’ For example, the Lily drone allows you to throw it in the air and it will automatically start flying and follow your every move. Check out the incredible video below and you’ll understand what I mean.
There are literally thousands of DIY drones. Making your own drone is (usually) a lot cheaper than buying a commercial drone. However you need to have a decent knowledge of how they work beforehand.
Whilst DIY drones look less pretty, you can customise them to your own desires and ultimately have a drone that suits you. For instance, a commercial drone may not let you attach a certain type of camera to your drone whereas a DIY drone will. Oh yeah, and don’t forget that they are also really fun to make too!
The Future Of Drones
In July 2015, Facebook announced that it had created its own solar powered Aquila drone which will be able to fly around the stratosphere. It will then use lasers to beam Internet access to some of the most remote places in the world.
Indeed, Google created (and crashed) a similar type of drone and is also working on ‘Project Wing’ to compete with Amazons Prime Air.
But its not all about delivery and Internet. Scientists think that drones could start to aid farmers apply fertiliser and prioritise the best places to put it. This is already being used in Japan, where farmers are using drones to monitor crops and spray pesticides at a much lower lost than having a company do it for them. This is probably why China have opened 42 drone training schools to teach people how to become better pilots. Moreover, they could even allow emergency response teams to map the extent of damage after natural disasters.
Drones will always be used in film and photography to capture aerial footage. Recently people have managed to attach 4K cameras to drones to get a stunning crystal quality picture.It is as easy as picking up the remote control and a fully charged drone mounted with a camera. There is even a video of photographers attaching a Phantom Flex camera to a drone. Watch the video below!
We are at the beginning of a Drone Age and we have merely scratched the surface of the vast possibilities that drones could provide us with. It is estimated that the drone industry will spawn a $90 billion industry within a decade. Drones are here to stay and we will be seeing many more of them in the near future.
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