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Where is Drone Technology Taking Us?

Where is Drone Technology Taking Us?

Drone technology, like most other breakthrough inventions, started off with applications for the military. Formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones have now found commercial and industrial applications. The use of drone technology has benefited daily activities ranging from sports and entertainment to agriculture and security. It’s slowly crept its way into our lives

Drone technology, like most other breakthrough inventions, started off with applications for the military. Formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones have now found commercial and industrial applications. The use of drone technology has benefited daily activities ranging from sports and entertainment to agriculture and security. It’s slowly crept its way into our lives and our markets.

The drive for performance and convenience has driven we humans to continue to adopt and accept drone technology, with it offering numerous advantages in return. While military drone technology is being cursed for the mass destruction it creates, consumer drones have found their way into our hearts and minds in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few commercial drone applications being explored around the world.

Agriculture

The oldest human profession has derived amazing benefits from the use of drone technology. Areas that were previously unreachable are now accessible and problems that had no solution are now addressed through the use of drones. For instance, farmers use drones to photograph vineyards to determine the exact time of ripening and harvesting. They can also circulate over the crops with UV rays to spur and expedite the growth of crops. Furthermore, drones are being used to survey for water availability and more.

Exploration

Probably the most surprising, yet productive use of drone technology is to explore areas inaccessible due to severe climatic conditions. Research has been conducted on the use of drone technology for oil exploration in the arctic area of US. UAVs are also being put to use to survey archeological sites. When equipped with remote controlled systems along with sensors and detectors these drone technology uses can increase revenue and even lower costs when used strategically for exploration purposes.

Sports

Unmanned aerial vehicles have also become common in modern day sports. Replays and reviews are now frequent but drone technology takes all of that to a completely different level. Through the use of drones, one can photograph angles and scenarios uncovered by cameras on the sidelines. The unmanned aerial vehicles can hoover around the space above and can capture images and videos in a completely new perspective. This allows photographers to capture breathtaking images and video, and referees to determine exact rulings for making right call to make games fairer for both sides.

Drones are also being deployed to cover sports events in remote regions such as skiing, paragliding, etc. What was impossible for a traditional photographer to capture through a camera lens is now possible through a drone mounted with a camera.

No doubt, drone technology is opening up new dimensions in our commercial and industrial lives, taking humanity towards better things. Yet rather than focusing on military applications for drone tech, let’s continue to push for more positive uses in domestic and commercial applications of drone technology. Together, we can bring about revolutionary change.

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