Last week, Matthew Grassi of DroneLife.com, wrote an interesting posting titled “5 Places You Wouldn’t Expect To Find A Drone.” He identified three places that I didn’t expect to find a drone helping out. How many of the six (yes I know the article title says five places, but he identifies six trust me) places were you already familiar with?
- NFL Training Aids – “NFL franchises are deploy flying robots over their respective training camp sessions to capture the overhead perspective for coaches and scouts to pour over in film rooms.”
- Wedding Crashers – “… that summer wedding you’ve been looking forward to (or perhaps dreading, depending on how many weddings you’ve already attended this spring) likely will have a drone buzzing around, capturing aerial imagery of the nuptials for the bliss-filled newlyweds.”
- Crime Scenes (as the good guys) – “When most of us think of search-and-rescue missions, we get the image of the local townspeople, arms entwined, marching in a huge line through empty fields, but I can’t think of a better use for unmanned aerial vehicle technology than in helping locate the two escaped convicts that recently burrowed out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in rural upstate New York.”
- In a Parking Garage – “Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai recently announced a case study where they used a DJI Matrice 100 research platform quad rotor outfitted with special Intel microchips to monitor illegally parked cars in a multi-level Shanghai parking garage.”
- Down at the Fishing Hole – “A San Diego-based startup has begun a crowdfunding campaign for its aptly named AguaDrone, a wild idea that is sure to cause much derision within mostly-conservative angler clubs. The quadcopter prototype is designed to hover over water carrying one of three pods. The Fish Scout Pod is a sonar-based fish finder that can send a wireless signal more than 300 feet to a smartphone or tablet app that targets fish-filled locations. Using the Line Flier Pod, an angler can then attach fishing line from a pole to the pod and send the AguaDrone to a sonar-marked waypoint where the fish are biting. The drone then drops the pod and attached baited line into the water and returns home.”
- Tourist Attractions – “Taking a summer trip to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park is pretty much a rite of passage for most Americans. Now imagine being able to pilot a drone with First Person View (FPV) over the edge of the Grand Canyon, soaring thousands of feet above the winding Colorado River below.”
I wasn’t aware of drones being used as NFL training aids or drones like the AquaDrone or drones being used for tourist attractions.
If you’d like to read Matthew’s original article, it’s available here “5 Places You Wouldn’t Expect To Find A Drone.”