Sometimes, a lot of people may perceive a drone as a toy but there are some different and occasionally strange uses for them. Surely, drones have found their place like in law enforcement, but you can also see them on farms, in rescue operations, and in various areas.

Today, there’s a growing population of hobbyists who develop and fly their drones.  Some of them are tinkering the systems for drones to deliver items, and even build infrastructures. We may already know the typical uses of drones, but today, we will go on to discover some of the surprising applications of these technologies:

Expanding Web Connections

In the past year, the social media beast Facebook acquired Ascenta, a company based in the United Kingdom and is known for its solar-powered drones. The company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has supported an initiative that focuses on extending the range of Internet connectivity across the entire universe.

Facebook aims to use the high-altitude technology as part of a system of linked lasers, satellites, and drones that can beam Internet to isolated communities from the sky.

In 2014, Google acquired its company of solar-powered drone: the Titan Aerospace. The group designs solar-powered, super-lightweight planes that can’t fly high above commercial air space and can keep airborne for about five years.

While Google has not announced it yet to the public, tech analysts state that Titan Aerospace drones can bring internet access to any part of the Earth without substantial access to the world wide web.

Drones for Agriculture

Drones have been beneficial in the agriculture industry in the past few years, particularly in Japan, spraying pesticides and executing other tasks. In fact, almost one-third of all rice consumed in Japanese households today has been produced through the work of drones.

Motorcycle maker Yamaha Motors developed the first drone used in Japan, but the concept has spread all globally and adapted to many perspectives of agriculture. One such attempt is by the Californian company Vine Rangers, which is working to use the drone technology with infrared cameras to see what the naked eye cannot in the process of making wine.

Utilizing a combination of software and drones, they test for infections and analyze yield, quality, stress, leaf respiration, and to enhance grapes and wine as well.

Managing Fire Operations

Researchers and engineers of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln developed a drone that can set controllable fires in hard-to-reach areas. The technology has six horizontal propellers, about two feet wide that drops balls filled with a synthesized mixture that ignites when it hits the ground.

Though this concept is already applicable by helicopters, drones would be a lot cheaper and a safer. Helicopters need to fly high to drop the balls at a very low at slow speed which is riskier.

The Ambulance Drone

Made possible by the Delft University of Technology, the Ambulance Drone strives to solve an issue that has been the common cause of death in sudden medical emergencies, like cardiac arrest. This technology intends to get to the scene as soon as possible because the first few minutes are usually the most significant in keeping a person alive.

Created with video and audio communication feature, and chambers with first-aid equipment, the Ambulance Drone is designed to reach the victim and command someone what to do with the first-aid kit. The design for the Ambulance Drone is to integrate it into existing channels of ambulance response.

Further, the project is currently lacking of commercial support and some other obstacles, as most drone ventures do.

Takeaway

Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming the favorite for tech enthusiasts, particularly the quadcopters or drones, which have been affordable for people in recent years.

Though you may already know the uses of drones, there are some surprising tasks that these technologies can do. More so, you can visit Deal Wiki and some tech sites for more info regarding this innovation.

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