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Drones: An office obsession


There’s no hiding it; I love tech toys, and without a doubt my latest obsession would have to be drones!

My current drone is a Parrot Bebop Drone piloted with the Parrot Skycontroller in conjunction with an iPhone 6s+. This setup gives me a 1.5km+ flying range as well as the ability to LIVE STREAM a feed from the camera onboard the drone straight to my iPhone! With Full 1080p HD video recording and a 14MP stabilised fisheye camera, it’s needless to say that I have had a lot of fun with this.
 


I was first drawn to drones for the ability to shoot aerial photography and video but there are many more uses across a wide variety of industries, these include:

  • Surveying and 3D mapping

  • Aerial surveillance

  • Crop spraying/seeding

  •  Farm livestock management

  • Mail delivery (Amazon Prime Air is leading the charge)

  • Monitoring dangerous or hard to reach locations

  • Search and rescue

  • Storm chasing

Technology advancements in the drone space are moving at a blinding pace, and this was evident at CES2016 with some really cool models on display.

Lily the self flying (and following) drone would have to be my favourite!
 

Bonus: Drone Racing

One of the coolest things that has risen due to the popularity of drones is Drone Racing (also known as FPV Drone Racing). This involves contestants using FPV (First Person View) headsets to view a live stream from their drones and navigate around a set course (normally in heats or time trials). This new sport is fast paced, adrenaline packed and looks like a lot of fun!
 


Let us know your thoughts on the rise of Drones in the comments below!

 


 

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