Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. While there are dozens of different types of drones, they basically fall into two categories: those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.
The future of drones is very attractive and we cannot deny from the fact that soon we will be using them for many purpose like transporting medication to areas not reachable via road, to do investigation or keep an eye on anyone in particular. Many SCI-FI movies have actually used drones but not the real ones.
But this may soon be a reality. We may be able to actually purchase one for our personal use. One such new drone design is such that it can be easily wear on wrist and used to take selfie.
The miniature drone is worn like a regular watch, wearable Gadget style. Wrapped around your wrist the device can be called upon to do a few small tasks. With an accompanied mini-cam the quickest idea that comes to mind is a mini-drone for super selfies.
This concept of Wearable quadcopter that can follow you to take selfies and return to your wrist has won $500,000 prize in the INTEL “make it wearable contest”. The design is named as “The Nixie”. The wearable drone was created by researchers at Stanford University and a working prototype of the same was displayed.
Nixie is a drone, worn on the wrist and expands at the touch of a button. It flies off, filming its owner using a camera, and tracking their movements.
Called Nixie, the drone folds up and attaches to a wrist strap, and is the world’s first wearable drone. When the wearer wants it to start filming, they press a button and the drone unfolds and flies overhead, tracking their movements using motion sensors. The drone then returns to the wearer’s wrist, which could be controlled using a timer, or summoned using gestures.
They said that they have all the core functionality of the drone and they have solved all of the hardest challenges and have stable wristbands that can unfold and are stable in flight, and the toughest part which is navigation is solved.
They say that having half a million dollars in hand now we are working to make it real and cost effective. They say that the final product will be ‘safe, beautiful and intuitive’.
‘Nixie is in development. Stay tuned!’
We all know drones can deliver death on the battlefield, but might they also soon be delivering presents to your door? Amazon.com is counting on it, thanks to the online retail giant’s no-longer-secret “Octocopter” package delivery project.
This is not the only drone that is creating buzz around. After amazon.com announced that soon they will be delivering products around the city with the help of drones, many other have started focusing on drone robotics work and have come up with some great ideas from all around the world. There are now drones that can fire some shocking wires to capture a running thief or burglar.
Drones that can actually look after your house when you are away are also in development phase. Soon we might find ourselves surrounded by different types of drones and we may be controlling one for some purpose as well.
Use in Hurricane Hunting
Drones can charge into the heart of a storm without risking human life and limb. That’s one reason NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Northrop Grumman teamed up on a three-year, $30-million experiment to use long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to spy on storms as they evolve.
Military drone manufacturers are looking for civilian uses for remote sensing drones to expand their markets and this includes the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Drones will no doubt make possible the dramatic expansion of the surveillance state. With the convergence of other technologies it may even make possible machine recognition of faces, behaviours, and the monitoring of individual conversations. The sky, so to speak, is the limit.
Search and Rescue
SAR missions are time-consuming, expensive, and often dangerous for the people involved. The use of well-equipped drones is increasing for SAR and could soon become a standard way to cover large areas of inaccessible terrain, even at night.
The use of drones has grown quickly in recent years because of various advantages it offers to us.
- Unlike manned aircraft they can stay aloft for many hours (Zephyr a British drone under development has just broken the world record by flying for over 82 hours nonstop)
- They are much cheaper than military aircraft.
- They are flown remotely so there is no danger to the flight crew.
- They can be easily programmed to do any particular task and follow any particular person.
- A single Drone can be used for multiple purposes and can act as a spy as well.
- There small size and capable of caring advanced technology.
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