Watch out! Drones!
Most of us are familiar with the concept of drones, which is extensively used by the U.S. military. But this relatively new technology is actually multi-functional and can be used for a number of different applications. Recently, a small group of farmers started experimenting with drones. According to this article cheap drones are equipped with sensors and can be utilized in the fields to increase yields and reduce crop damage. In this post I will discuss some different applications of drones and what it may offer in the future. Although, the technology has a huge potential to make life easier there is however a security and safety issue. Not everyone is keen on the use of drones. Because anyone can buy a relatively cheap drone with a camera to spy on people and there therefore may be some resistance as a drone may violate the privacy of people in their homes. However, the American FAA which oversees the airspace in the U.S. recently approved the use of privately owned drones for commercial use. Therefore, we might expect many organizations will start inventing new products and services.
Drones and agriculture
Drones can help farmers in a numbers of ways. It gives them a way to see their crop from above and can reveal problems. Also, different types of cameras can be used to capture different types of images. This data then can be used for analysis to highlight healthy crop for example. Many other possibilities are being developed as well.
Drones and package delivery
Recently the CEO of Amazon announced that the company will be delivering packages by drone; the service will be called Amazon Prime Air. This could be a rather smart PR stunt, but given the possibilities of what drones may offer this might be a huge cost saver for the company. Besides costs savings, drones could be a way to reduce traffic jams in large cities and reduce air pollution as well. In the next video you will see an impression of this concept.
Pizza anyone? Fast foods chains are looking into ways of using drones for their services. Medical companies and drug stores are looking at possibilities of delivering medicine to patients by air. Companies such as Fedex and UPS may consider using drones. Some museums and universities consider making drones as tour guides. Some countries such as Australia want to use drones to spot forest fires. As can be seen, drones can therefore be used in a wide variety of ways. There are even more possible ways to use drones.
Contribution to the information era?
The question is whether drones can be used in a peaceful manner and will contribute to information technologies. Drone technology has a huge potential and we might see more companies inventing clever services that might make life a bit easier then before.