For now, many of us usually think of drones as airborne units used for military or recreational purposes. But that’s quickly changing, as drones are taking on many new shapes and functions.
The interest in drones has grown tremendously over the last couple of years; some even talk about an emerging drone culture. In the future we’ll not only be seeing more aerial drones, but also drones on land, on water and even sub water.
Drones are being developed for still more different purposes, and they’re increasingly helping out in areas previously unimagined. That includes taking over some of the tasks previously carried out by humans, which, in turn, can save a lot of resources, and even human lives.
Attention went to a Pop-Up Lab in Lund, Sweden, to experience some of the latest trends in drones and how they are used by business to create unique value. See some of the fascinating – and maybe even surprising – examples in the gallery below.
Drones can be used to take photos of surfaces to create 3D mock-ups for urban planning or architectural purposes. The photos can also be used by regular home owners to find out how e.g. solar panels will look on their house. Read more about Spotscale’s project: http://spotscale.com/product.html
Drones are helping to close the gap between maps and reality. Spotscale aim to make it possible to “enter” a map that looks exactly like the real world, where you can navigate in real time. Drones can help with this by taking photos and measuring with great precision thanks to sensors that are attached to the drone.
Inkonova have created a hybrid drone for missions that include components of land, air, walls and rough surfaces. The drone can save energy by driving over manageable surfaces, and when obstacles occur, it can fly, which saves energy compared to drones that only fly. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tIV0v6-LLc
Drones are used to inspect mining areas, so that the miners’ lives are not put at risk. Inkonova’s TILT system is used in combination with Clickmox’s scanning solutions to overcome challenges in mining, tunneling and civil engineering applications. First, the drone is adjusted according to the specific challenge, e.g. light absence or narrow maneuverability. After the drone has complete the mission, data is collected and processed to create 3D models and maps, among other things. See more here: http://www.inkonova.se/mine-and-tunnel-solutions
Drones can be used for heavy lifting, either in a swarm or single handedly. This is particularly useful for military purposes to deliver supplies to soldiers in areas that are hard to get to, or dangerous for people.
Automation of trucks is something we will probably see in the near future. Drones can be used to control the trucks that bring supplies to the forces in warzones. This makes supplying much easier, and means that no lives are lost if the trucks are attacked. It is already seen in planes, and we may soon see it in the water as well.
Drones can be used in agriculture by farmers to ensure good growth of their crops. They can monitor their fields and survey for potential threats at a much cheaper cost than alternative methods
Drones can be used for inspection purposes, which is much cheaper than employing manpower, and much quicker too. The drones can be used to inspect power lines, pipelines, large scale buildings or bridges and power dams. The personnel who is monitoring the drones can do it with remotes, and inspect in real time, enabling them to take action immediately where it is needed.
The main usage of drones in Denmark is for media production. 45% of the Danish companies that use drones, use them for this purpose. Their function in this respect is to take photos and film video.
Amazon also use drones for delivering packages to private people. The system Prime Air, which is still under development, has the potential to deliver packages within 30 minutes or less. Read more here: http://www.amazon.com/b?node=8037720011