Are drones really useful?

Drones attracted a lot of attention when one of them almost hit a plane at Heathrow airport in December last year. Individuals from all age groups wish to try their hands-on drone, and this is the reason that everyone was praying Santa to bless them with drone as Christmas gift last year.

Drone is considered creepy, evil, militaristic, cool, and is also considered spy stuff. These devices are also popularly used by photographers and videographers from around the world.

They can be used for almost everything

Drones came under the limelight for the first time when the US Military used them for them for the first time during operation “War on Terror” in the Middle East. Drones were used to capture images of terrorists and to kill them.

Google wants to use drones to transmit internet signals in certain developing countries where there are no telecom networks in small villages. The search giant made it in headlines when it approached the Federal Communications Commission for permission to allow it to test-drive its drones in Albuquerque.

Google is developing its drones with the company called Titan Aerospace. The company also plans to use these drones in assessing environmental damage caused due to deforestation, oil spills, and volcanic eruptions.

Everyone is aware of Amazon’s efforts towards developing the drone that can deliver goods directly at customer’s doorstep.

Companies that wish to fly the unmanned drone, need permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. This is where Amazon’s drone is waiting for permission. FAA’s current rules suggest that drone cannot fly outside its pilot’s sight. According to reports, currently, Amazon is conducting indoor trials for its drone, and is getting the device ready for tests.

Aerial photography has changed a lot due to drone

Aerial photography has witnessed a lot of change since the introduction of drone. Until the beginning of last decade, aerial photography was only affordable for millionaires, aerial photography meant photographers flying high in the helicopter. But that is history! These days, almost everyone is willing to hire the drone to take wedding photographs.

Drones are also being tested to work with lighting solutions

MIT researchers joined hands with Cornell University in September last year. Their engineers are developing the new drone that can prove to be photographer’s best friend. The concerned device uses advanced lighting solutions that are popularly used in photography.

MIT also made it in headlines during July last year when reports about MIT’s drones for flying photography lights emerged on tech sites around the world.

Whenever photographer changes his position, technicians need to change the position of various lights as well. This consumes a lot of time. But thanks to Cornell University and MIT’s lighting solutions mounted on drones, changing the position of lights will just take a few minutes.

These camera-mounted drones are powered to change their positions automatically.

Drone to study wildlife

This may sound weird, but researchers believe that drones can prove to be the best tool that can help ornithologists to study birds in their natural habitat. The specially designed drone also helps researchers to monitor birds that live on cliffs or any other places that are beyond human’s reach.

French National Center for Scientific Research recently conducted their research to study the impact of drones on birds and wild animals. The study’s co-author David Gr√©millet suggests that birds can easily get scared, and they are shy. But still, they were not disturbed when drones came near them during the organization’s research.

Drone to track illegal fishing

In June last year, Belize’s fisheries department along with American non-profit-Conservation Drones, and the Wildlife Conservation Society launched drones over Glover Reef, on Belize coast and in certain parts of California. These drones monitor the coast to track illegal fishing that is thriving in the concerned area.

Test your hands-on one

There are several types of drones available in the United Kingdom these days. These devices are available for as low as £30. If no one gifted you that little evil drone during Christmas, you can easily afford to buy one on your own.