Drones – the future is… amazing!

Ever wondered what the future holds – and what the next generation of drones might look like?

Wonder no more, because it’s already here. Giant drones. Miniature drones. Micro-miniature mechanical engineering. And ideas that may both delight and disturb you.

Thinking big…

Imagine using your smartphone to call for a taxi at your nearest pickup point – and then watching a giant autonomous drone arrive to take you to your destination!

That’s exactly what the citizens of Dubai will experience when the first generation of drone taxis comes into service (which could happen within the next five years).

Volocopter 2X, a possible future drone taxi - photo by SpiegelThe German-made Volocopter, fitted with 18 rotors, can carry two passengers, and was successfully tested in 2017. Other firms are battling to win the contract.

Would it work?

It’ll have to be very intelligent indeed, because Dubai is working hard to become a ‘smart city’, with a huge reliance on drones and robots. Meaning their AI will have to be good enough for all of them to avoid collisions. But future drone deliveries are definitely on the cards at Amazon Prime Air, and a new generation of prefabricated  ‘smart houses’ – which can be assembled on site in a week – have already been provided with drone landing pads…

Thinking small…

How small could a future drone actually be?

If you’re thinking of the ones that Drone Race Days (Birds-i-Images’ sister company) use for drone racing, you’re not thinking small enough. Because researchers at the University of Washington are already working on a drone that isn’t much bigger than a fly. It weighs little more than a toothpick. And it’s powered by a laser beam – so it doesn’t even need a wire. It could (literally) sniff out a gas leak. It could penetrate tiny openings to search out survivors after a disaster. Or, perhaps, as in the BBC series ‘His Dark Materials’, It could serve as an all but invisible spy bug…

The technology is still in development, of course, and it’s tricky to miniaturise sensors in the way such ‘spy flies’ would demand. But the team at University of Washington are on track to do just that.

And if drones can be made even smaller – which is entirely possible – then they might even be used to find and repair blocked arteries

The future is… up for grabs…

So what is the future of drones? Only time will tell. But new technologies are already showing us ways in which drones can cut pollution, reduce waste and even save lives.

We just have to choose to do it…

Like to know more about what drones can do – right now? You’ll find plenty of surprises, there, too – so why not give me a call on 07971 519729, or drop me an email?

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