We are in an expectation bubble right now when it comes to commercial use of drones: Use a drone in a marketing video and it is guaranteed to go viral. Amazon did it (14m views), the Lakemaid brewery did it (500k views) and now Netflix adds their fun take on a cargo cult future with our drone friends.
Bloomberg published an excellent overview of the state of drone regulation in the US. The article provides a good sense of the pressure that exists on one side to restrict the use of civilian drones and the other side’s arguments for easing regulation. As the regulation is currently crafted, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) believes that their rules restrict operating drones to hobbyists. Flying drones for commercial purposes is not all
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) published an economic impact report last year focused on mapping the estimated job and economic potential of regulation that allowed integration of unmanned aircraft into the US airspace. In total, the estimate was a potential for 100,000 US jobs by 2025. Terri Griffith, professor at Santa Clara University, published her thoughts last week on whether the growth in drone related activit
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 a 1.2 liter engine despite it’s SUV external looks. The purpose of the drone is said to be traffic spotting and taking photos of scenery (with the car in the photo
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 designed to accelerate development of an unmanned transport system suited for Africa. Success is defined as being able to circumnavigate Mount Kenya, a 200 km route, within
Two amazing videos are making it around the internet. Both feature ocean, big waves and surfers. Both were captured from a drone. Both were made by somebody named Eric. Eric Sterman shot his video off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Eric Cheng shot his video at Santa Cruz, California: Eric Cheng uses his video to illustrate his article in Make: Magazine with tips on how to shoot aerial video. Once you have shot your aerial footage you may fin
A tragic fire ravaged Lærdalsøyri Saturday night, a village of some 1,200 inhabitants in Norway, halfway between Oslo and Bergen. 90 people were taken to hospital and many buildings were reported destroyed, including one or more of Lærdal’s unique protected wooden buildings from the 1700 and 1800s. The air force assisted the firefighters, deploying Bell 412 helicopters and flying in specially equipped firefighters on Sea King helicopters. And th
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 the fish-eye distortion makes me think that the photo was snapped with a light weight camera mounted on a drone. The programme for the 2014 conference only has one mention
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 drones as farm equipment.” Successful technologies become ubiquitous. The footage also shows what appears to be a prototype hexacopter with dual propellers on each arm.