Drones are being used and studied in various industries including the retail, military, agriculture, retail, delivery services and even the arts. In the not so distant future, drones will be used to create efficiencies, new possibilities, and maybe even miracles never imagined without a human being. Here are five ways we’re seeing these sky robots put to use. Some are rather innovative, and others are just plain fun.
1. The Future of Connectivity
Google acquires the drone startup, Titan Aerospace for Project Loon – Balloon powered internet for the entire world. Loon balloons are equipped with drones that float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather.
Facebook buys Ascenta, a U.K.-based aerospace company for $20M. They build solar powered drones that will soon bring Internet to the 5 billion people who currently lack it via Facebook’s Connectivity Lab which will work on the Internet.org project.
2. The Future of Retail
Amazon Prime Air – 30-minute delivery options for products under five pounds that is slated to be in effect by 2015.
3. The Future of Dog Walking
Program the walking route for your dog and let an AR robot take the lead while also keeping an eye out for your pooch. The only question is, who will pick up the mess??
4. The Future of Eating
Quite cheeky, however, drones are now serving burgers in London at Yo! Sushi. Equipped with two cameras and controlled by an iPad, enter the new “flying waiter.” Sake bombs anyone?
5. The Future of Random Acts of Kindness
Coca-Cola Singapore and the Singapore Kindness Movement embarked on a project to bring “Happiness from the Skies”, to show that a little kindness goes a long way to bring Singaporeans and guest workers closer. Over 2,000 messages were delivered.