During the NFL’s halftime show, Lady Gaga stood in front of what we think of as fireworks. Instead of gun powder and sulfur, they used propellers, LEDs and high tech positioning software. However, the drones Intel developed can do much more than organize themselves into an American flag.
Drones have made their way to the consumer mainstream, however, their most dramatic impact will be in established industries. Drones’ ability to perform specialized tasks more effectively than humans will change industries in unexpected ways. Intel’s drones can communicate with a lead controller among themselves sharing locational data. Drones could be designed to carry a significant amount of weight and have modular attachments. The modular attachments could include infrared cameras, spot lights and firefighting chemicals among other things. Intel released a video showcasing what the drones could execute and applied them for the NFL halftime show.
When someone is lost in the wilderness, it’s recommended to stay in one place and wait for rescue. Rescuers proceed to search in a grid pattern trying to cover a maximum amount of area as quickly as possible. A fleet of drones armed with infrared cameras and monitored by human controllers could identify a life and search terrain day and night. Drones would be able to perform grid patterns highly effectively, while carrying supplies for an emergency situation.
Amazon has already begun utilizing drones to make short-range deliveries. Drones are a prototype of whats to come. Amazon has already started utilizing these drones in the delivery service industry. When UPS and Fedex start using the same technology the industry will have to revolutionize itself.
Fire fighters currently use a combination of helicopters and low-flying planes to drop off fire-retardant chemicals to combat wild fires. The current methods are costly, time consuming and dangerous for the pilots. Utilizing high performance drones that have a high carrying capacity, a fire department would be able to fly hundreds of drones that could easily refuel and recharge to combat fires. This would cut cost and prevent pilots from flying over wild fires while potentially proving more effective.
Drones have the ability to bring real, substantive change to multiple industries. They’re quickly becoming more intelligent, independent and affordable. These devices already play a large roll in many fields that we’re unaware of. The film industry has capitalized on drone technology to get into positions and environments otherwise inaccessible to humans. Their presence in our world will only continue to expand, and it’s only a matter of time before they begin to play a critical roll in each of our lives.