Drones: Future Birds in the Sky

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    Let us try to explore Drones in this blog post.


    There are many UAV’s invented over time. Drone is one of them. These do not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely and can carry a payload. Till recent years drones are used in military attacking ground targets to a much wider array of missions.

    Fig 1: Dronecode

    The Linux foundation has created a new project for Drones, which is changing the way drones are developed and deployed. The Dronecode Project is an open source, collaborative project that brings together existing and future open source drone projects under a nonprofit structure governed by The Linux Foundation. The result will be a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).


    Dronecode will encourage the development of open source consumer and commercial UAV software by building and supporting a community of developers and providing them the resources and tools to help them innovate. The ultimate goal is to maximize adoption of the project’s code for the benefit of users with cheaper, better, and more reliable UAV software. The platform has already been adopted by many of the organizations on the forefront of drone technology, including Hobby King, PrecisionHawk, Walkera, among others.


    Dronecode creates a neutral and transparent body that will leverage a contribution-based meritocracy that allows other parties and developers to influence and participate in the development and direction of the software. The project will provide coordination and prioritize funding for initiatives.


    Dronecode serves as a trusted and neutral home to become the de facto standard platform for drone/robotics open projects. By partnering with The Linux Foundation, the Dronecode community will have access to collaboration best practices and resources to spread the reach of collaboratively-developed and open software.


    In Emertxe’s point of view, we always see how such innovations can be used in education. Here are some of the use-cases we can think of:


    1. Enables student to explore in difficult areas like forests etc. thus helping medical, botany students in their research.
    2. Helps students to develop new devices and projects
    3. Can help in capturing footage of sport events helps in understanding physical education very well
    4. Helps in monitoring large campuses thereby maintaining security and compliance
    5. Helps in recording of unique campus events like annual days, campus events which will be attended by a huge population
    6. Can help in monitoring examinations
    7. Helps in studying wildlife and 3D archaeological mapping
    8. Drone technology brings us to a new frontier of artistic expression, from aerial photography to randomized, robotic graffiti art

    It will not be wrong to say Drones are future birds which will simplify things to a greater extent. Looking forward to see its positive impact in human lives as we move forward.

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