A fleet of insecticide-spraying drones and helicopters have been deployed in India to protect its crops from swarms of destructive desert locusts. These devouring beasts have dispersed to nine heartland states of the world’s second-largest producer of rice and wheat. One swarm of locusts can reportedly eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.
‘It’s a helicopter, it’s a plane, no it’s a Wingcopter!’ This pioneering transport drone called the Wingcopter, created by a German aviation company, is known for its core innovation – a unique tilt-rotor mechanism that guarantees “a smooth and robust transition between hovering like a multicopter and flying forward like a plane.”
Remote learning has been given “wings” during the COVID-19 pandemic as one dedicated librarian teamed up with a drone company to deliver summer reading books to students. Kelly Passek, a middle school librarian in Montgomery County, Virginia is using quadcopters from Wing, a drone company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to make book deliveries in under three minutes.
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, Scottish islands were on lockdown, which meant resources had been scarce from the mainland and globally as well. As part of a two-week trial, drones will deliver urgently needed medical supplies, including COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) 12 miles (19km) across the sea from Oban to Mull.
This is the DroneGun Tactical made by Droneshield that provides a safe countermeasure against a wide array of drone models. The DroneGun takes down unwanted drones by shooting radio frequencies instead of bullets. It’s a one-man operated rifle used as a military defense that has an effective range of one mile.
Pliant Energy Systems’ Velox robot is a drone and a generator that goes on surveillance missions by land and by sea. This string-ray-looking beauty of a bot is an impressive swimmer than can also leave the water and travel across sand, pebbles, paving, grass – and even ice.
Drones have incredible capabilities and offer us incredible vistas of the world. At the same time, drones can threaten the skies and make us vulnerable to breaches in our privacy and physical and intellectual property – and if put in the wrongs hands of a criminal or a terrorist, it can prove to be fatal.
The first few minutes of an emergency are critical. An ambulance can take up to 10 minutes, or more to arrive (depending on the location) due to traffic and other interferences. Brain death and permanent death reportedly start to occur in just 4 to 6 minutes. However, with the help of the Ambulance Drone, the response time can be cut into just one minute.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, disinfecting drones are also hard to work trying to help combat COVID-19. Digital Aerolus, which creates the most advanced industrial indoor drones in the marketplace, has developed the Aertos 120-UVC – an indoor drone with UVC light technology that can be used to disinfect and combat COVID-19.
Urban Rivers, an environmental charity in Chicago is cleaning up pollution in a hip and interactive way. It’s using an online drone game that allows volunteers to control a “Trashbot,” a robot that picks up trash from the Chicago River in real-time – and you get points for it!