8 Uses for Drones That May Shock You
By Aubrey Chalene
- Drones in agriculture? Wine not!
In Japan, drones have been used for over 30 years to aide agriculture efforts, increasing safety in the fields. About one-third of rice consumed in Japanese homes today has been worked on by drones. The idea of drones in the field has now been spread all over the world. The California company Vine Rangers uses drones to see what the human eye cannot in the wine-making process. Using both drones and a unique software, their infrared cameras analyze stress, yield, quality, leaf respiration, and way more to improve a consumer’s wine experience.
- A matter of life or death, Drone Ambulances
When it comes to cardiac arrest, a cause of death in many sudden emergencies, fast isn’t always fast enough. Created in The Netherlands, a drone ambulance aims to get to the scene of an emergency minutes before an ambulance on wheels. Built with two-way audio communication and video, as well as a first aid kit, the drone can reach the victim and instruct a nearby bystander on how to proceed.
- Rise and Shine with the window-cleaning drones
The German company Window Cleaning Drones has reached new heights with their hopes to automate the washing of glass facades and roofs using drones, even at the highest altitudes of a skyscraper.
- Amazon Prime Air
Can you imagine having your amazon order delivered 30 minutes after ordering it? Amazon Prime’s already speedy delivery is about to come close to lightning speed with the help of drones. These drones are equipped with special sensors that help them avoid obstacles on their journey to their delivery point. Once there, they land the package on your doorstep or wherever instructed, and then return to their base.
- WiFi anywhere and everywhere with internet access drones
Thanks to both Google and Facebook, we aren’t too far off from having internet in pretty much all parts of the world. The solar powered drone can fly more than 10 miles above ground and provide internet access to a large span of area below it.
- Drones in the wild within wildlife conservation efforts
Bold conservationists have recently found a way to lure the California condor (the largest North American land bird) back to its natural habitat. In following dead cows to feed on, the flock has actually been led in the opposite direction of their ideal territory. The conservationists set some drones in a circular motion, attracting and distracting nearby birds. Once there is a large amount of birds, the condor takes notice and follows them as they follow the drone.
- Drones in the happiest place on earth
Even Disney theme parks are hopping on the drone train. Light shows at the Disney parks are already out of this world, but the global empire still looks to stretch their wings with new technology. In February 2016, Disney filed a patent for a drone-powered projection technology, which could project a larger than life Disney character right in front of you!
- Weather Forecasting
As climate change gradually escalates, scientists are leveraging new forms of hardware/software for data collection. Today, most data is collected through stationary structures, like a satellite, but drones are able to physically follow weather patterns as they develop, providing data in real-time. Additionally, Saildrone has developed an autonomous sailboat that collects atmospheric and oceanic data straight from the surface of the sea.