I think almost everyone knows about TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks, a conference program that we can listen to on TED site or YouTube. I like to watch this program because I can easily listen to the perspective of famous people such as Stephen Hawking, Jimmy Wales, Bill Gates, and many more. I can spend 15 minutes being entertained while learning something new to enhance my insight and knowledge. Along with the latest development and usage of drones as the unmanned aerial vehicle (AUVs) around the world.
- Blood delivery and healthcare
Several days ago, I watched an interesting speaker on TED talks about drone’s usage. They use drones to deliver blood and medicine to hospitals and health centers in Rwanda, Africa. The interesting story here is that the utilization of drone delivery systems has been well organized in the developing country like Rwanda. Their company name is Zipline, it is the world’s first automated delivery system operating on a national scale. They build a National Center for Blood Transfusion to keep more blood centralized then deliver it (by drones) to hundreds of health facilities and hospitals, even to the unreachable areas.
- Wind-powered drones
Another interesting thing I found on TED was wind-powered drones. Most of the drones operate via power source from batteries, which must be charged in a certain amount of time. The Saildrone, wind-powered drones developed by the speaker uses no fuel nor battery. It relies on wind power to drive and it can sail at the ocean for months at a time. The Saildrone is equipped with various sensors to measure data-related with oceanographic, atmospheric, and a live satellite to understand the sea conditions. For example, this drone can identify the water temperature, survey the fishing ground using acoustics, see the individual animal behavior, and do the repetitive dives.
- Drones as a transportation
Current land transportation in large cities has many problems, such as traffic jams and accidents. Fly transportation can be an alternative to traveling on the ground because the sky will never be as congested as the roads are. The speaker and his team have built and flew a prototype of drone which can fly automatically as a vehicle, it called Vahana. It has a smaller form and quieter than a helicopter, so it can carry a single passenger and luggage, they are currently developing for the two passengers. The Vahana also has multiple redundant motors and batteries, it is equipped with cameras, lidar, and radar to detect and avoid unexpected obstacles.
Drones technology has been advanced increasingly amazing. Researchers and engineers are working hard to develop drones to help more everyday human life. But this sophisticated technology also can bring a serious threat to our society if the drone is being used in illegal and dangerous activities. So, anti-drone technology is also important. You can read more about anti-drone technology in this article (https://roaringengine.com/2018/04/27/how-important-is-anti-drone-technology/)