The exciting prospect of making drone flights boring

It is an almost magical feeling to fly a drone. Controlling an object at a distance, it reacts instantaneously when you move the sticks on the transmitter. And if the drone comes equipped with FPV (first person view), you can see what it sees, contributing to an out-of-body experience

An introduction to precision agriculture

When reading about civilian use of drones, it is only a matter of time before one is confronted with heaps of references to precision agriculture. Chris Anderson, co-founder of 3D Robotics, says drones play a big part in the future of farming where the focus is on reducing inputs whil

Three drones per car sound about right

Last month, Frog Design suggested drones could be useful for cyclists. Renault, a French car company, made quite a stir this week when they shared their thinking behind a concept car that sports a drone. Unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo, the Kwid concept depicts a two-wheel drive with

The $23m Flying Donkey Challenge

What are you up to between 8 and 16 November 2014? If you haven’t made plans for that week yet, perhaps you should consider taking your autonomous drone to the foot of Mount Kenya to compete in the Flying Donkey Challenge. The Flying Donkey Challenge is a multi-year programme de

Drones in Davos

In three days, the political leaders of the world, top executives and thought leaders will convene in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The front page of the WEF website features an aerial photo of the Swiss mountain town of Davos. The angle of the photo and th

In the future, “you’ll think of drones as farm equipment”

The BBC aired an interview with Chris Anderson, of DIY Drones and 3D Robotics, about how drones can help with increase crop yields and target application of pesticides. There is a remarkable statement towards the end when Chris Anderson says “Tomorrow, you’ll think of dron

Emergency delivery of human organs for transplant?

When Amazon announced their ‘Prime Air’ plans to deliver packages in 30 minutes by using unmanned aerial vehicles it excited our inner gadget freaks that there was a possible future where we wouldn’t have to wait two days for a new mobile phone case. While commercial

The Financial Times’ thought experiment on how delivery drones could change the world

Amazon made quite the splash a few days ago when they announced that they have been experimenting with strapping packages to multicopter drones and have an ambition to use drones to reduce delivery times to 30 minutes at some point in the future. In an article today, the Financial Tim