The team at frog design have conceptualized four drone concepts in their blog post “These Drones Will Save Your Life.” These design concepts are all “purpose built” to solve real world problems.
The word “drone” usually conjures up negative images of invisible eyes in the sky and shadowy, unknown forces. As frog designers, we are natural optimists who see these unmanned aerial vehicles as an opportunity to improve people’s lives—and possibly even save them.
This is our vision of a future where drones are not spies, weaponry or scary agents of evil; they can be trusted aids that assist humans tasked with doing some of the most dangerous work we know. In this world, these devices—with their sensors and bleeding edge technology—become extensions of our society’s infrastructure and essential to our well-being.
What problems did they choose to solve?
- Snow Cyclops, Guardian of the Slopes: “The Snow Cyclops is a multi-purpose mountain Unmanned Arial Vehicle. It can be used to prevent avalanches by searching for potential risk zones near a ski resort or above a mountain road.”
- Cyclodrone, Making Solo Bicycle Rides Safer: “The Cyclodrone is a flying beacon that can be configured to fly ahead of and behind a bicycle rider on roads to improve visibility and reduce the chances of being struck by a vehicle. “
- Firestorm, Saving Lives While Keeping Firemen out of Harm’s Way: “The Firestorm is a fire rescue drone capable of scouting for trapped victims in dangerous and blocked off areas of a burning building before a rescue squad prepares for entry. Using a scout drone instead of blindly locating victims in a building fire reduces risk to the firemen.”
- Hummingbird and Beetle, Automonomously Farming Where Previously Impossible: “The Hummingbirds are autonomous flying drones that scout large areas of land using sensors that identify soil that is rich in nutrients in hard to reach terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible through traditional agricultural techniques. They can even fertilize the soil and map out the topography of the area to maximize the system’s productivity in selecting the type of crops to be planted and harvested.”
While frog design has a lot of resources, they are 600 strategists, researchers, designers, and technologists strong, they don’t have a lot of drone experience. So the big question becomes, are these just interesting ideas, are precursors to new and useful drones.