Drones : Our world will change forever
Drones have also continued to contribute immensely to humanity. Otherwise known as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), flying drones are fun to see and have been used for shooting awesome aerial videos. However, the uses of drones are not limited to shooting videos, the new invention can be used for in other areas of human endeavour. Across the globe, companies, organizations, and governments have found their usefulness in different sectors.
Areas of applications of drones
Since the creation of the awesome flying objects, drones have been put to good use in these areas:
The military is very crucial to the continued existence of a country. It is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the people defined within their jurisdiction. The job description of a military man exposes him to tons of challenges that may include accidental injuries, sudden death, and vulnerability to other occupational hazards.
One of the preventive measures taken by the military towards reversing this trend is the adoption of drones for military duties. Drones have been used for a wide range of military duties since the adoption of this technology. They have been used for gathering pieces of valuable information on terrorists and other criminals without exposing the military personnel to avoidable dangers. Thus, whenever the military realizes that a manned flight is too difficult or risky, a drone is dispatched to handle the assignment. They are also used in the military eavesdrop on mobile phone conversations, check for devices on landing sites or roadside bombs.
According to Fortune.com, “Pakistan and Iraq have both used weaponized drones in combat inside their own borders.” This is a proof that in the future, more countries may adopt the use of weaponized drones in wars.
Farming is one of the world’s oldest professions and easily one of the most difficult and challenging. Although mechanized farming has come to replace sustenance farming, the huge resources needed to maintain a mechanized farm and other challenges are discouraging more people from investing in the agriculture sector. As you can see in the picture below, farming drones are designed to take the pressure and stress off farmers by assisting them to handle some of the previously considered difficult jobs. For instance, some specialized farming drones can “spray 2 acres of farmland in 6 minutes,” according to COMPUTERWORLD. This is a big relief for farmers who can now dream of achieving their farming goals without being weighed down by the huge demands of farming.
In the short video above, a farmer explains how he uses drones on his farm.
You can equally watch this video as well to have a full grasp of the usefulness of drones in agriculture.
The Western countries are taking full advantage of drones for newsgathering. With this tool, journalists can gather news from volatile areas such as war zones, during natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, storms, and what have you without being physically exposed to the dangers.
Thus, while a journalist sits behind his or her desk, he or she can monitor news around the affected areas, take pictures, and collect some valuable data that will make up the content of the next news article. Thanks to drones that are equipped with cameras and recorders specially designed for that purpose. This will drastically reduce the number of journalists and cameramen that become victims of circumstances during such disasters.
In the article: “How Drones Can Influence the Future of Journalism,” Anna-Michelle Levandier wrote on the potential uses of the drone technology to improve journalism in the future. An embedded video aptly summarizes her write-up.
Some companies that have contributed immensely to the application of drones in the agriculture sector include Drone Seed, American Robotics, Skycision, and Top FlightTechnologies.
The challenges of using drone technology
Although the drone technology has found a wide area of application, nevertheless, it’s not a perfect invention without some challenges. The technology has its fair share of challenges that include:
- Limited flight endurance: At the moment, drones can’t fly beyond 30 minutes before they are due for battery recharge. This makes drones not useful for long-distance flights.
- Security, privacy, and safety concerns: The public has concerns about the privacy, security, and the safety of using drones. The public won’t be comfortable with drones peeping through their windows or in any way invade their privacy.
- Limited payload capacity: Although some drones can carry twenty pounds of weight, the higher percentage of these flying objects can only carry five pounds or less. Thus, they can’t be considered for big jobs.
In a nutshell, although the drone technology has its flaws, it is nevertheless an invention with the potential for having a lasting impact on people. As the technology matures, more uses will be found for this innovation.