Global investment in drone hardware is expected to reach $14 billion by 2021 according to BI Intelligence Estimates. Currently, the combined investment from the government, enterprises, and consumers amounts to $10 billion.
The rise of drones
Many businesses have made drones a central part of their functions. As drones can really go where no man can easily go, they are well suited to military applications including scanning remote and inaccessible zones. In 2016, the defense budget allocated to develop fifty new drones in the U.S. was $2.9 billion.
Non-military uses of drones are picking up the pace as well. According to the Consumer Technology Association, close to 2.8 million drones will be bought by consumers, thus bringing in a revenue of $953 million in the U.S.
The Federal Aviation Administration estimates sale of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles to triple by 2020.
The many uses of drones
Here are some latest drones that have gone places:
Selfie drones: Selfies will be replaced by “dronies”, as selfie drones are gaining popularity. ELF is one of the selfie drones that support virtual reality and features a 1Mpx camera. The Wingsland S6 is a foldable version of a drone with a powerful 4K UHD camera and WiFi. The drone can navigate back home as well by default if there is a loss in signal. The Zerotech Dobby Drone is tiny enough to fit into the shirt pockets and also features a 13 MPx camera. Gesture control and facial recognition are some of the smart features on Dobby. Drones that use GPS and GLONASS for navigation like XIRO are gaining popularity. Great accuracy and 190-degree lens are some of its advanced features. Mavic Pro has the most advanced technology features of all selfie drones with a range of 4 miles and top speed.
Drones in health care: The best use of drones has to be in saving lives. The world’s first of its kind drone airport is being built in Rwanda to flow in medicine for medical emergencies. Zipline is the drone company that can deliver medicines within fifteen minutes in Rwanda. While building roads into remote areas and inhospitable territories involve both time and money, drones offer a cheaper and faster alternative. Drones have earlier been used in Virginia as well to drop medicines to people in rural areas. In Malawi, drones are being employed to speed up delivery of blood samples for HIV testing. Drones are being developed to deliver telemedicine kits to disaster victims as well.
Thinking drones: With Artificial Intelligence and advanced sensors, drones like the Yuneec Typhoon H can avoid crashing into obstacles with the help of a 3D map. The drones can also learn and remember the routes. The Inspire 2 is a drone that can avoid collisions even in enclosed, crowded spaces.
Firefighting: Quadcopters armed with thermal imaging cameras are of immense value to firefighters and builders. In March of 2017, firefighters used a high definition drone to monitor a blaze in New York. The drone was used to view the condition of the collapsing roof of the building that was on fire.