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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Rock Shelter, Jul 18, 2016.
More positive press in the Twin Cities
Twin Cities-based AirVuz tries to grab eyeballs from the sky
More like free press/advertising for Airvuz... ;-)
Nothing much positive about us!! Notta.
You're right, at this point, I'll settle for non-negative press. Anything that makes the hobby seem less scary
To the average Joe.
Gotta agree with that sentiment, entirely. It seems to be slowly turning tide, as more outside-people get acquainted with us, and educated by those who actully know and understand our drones.
All new things are weird and scary. Remember when that stuff called Digital photography happened, these shiny awesome cd's, orange juice in a can. Hahaha
Soon they will seem so common place, no notice will be made.
This article always makes me smile.
Drones For Good, a global competition for innovative minds
IMAGE: FLICKR, DON MCCULLOUGH
BY DRONES FOR GOODJAN 26, 2015
When we talk about drones, we often end up confining our consideration of the pilotless aircraft to realms of commerce, military, and other fairly focused uses. Contestants in a recently launched contest, however, want to broaden your horizons. They think drones can improve life for everyone.
The contest is the United Arab Emirates' Drones for Good Award. Started in June 2014, the two-part invention challenge pits dozens of entrants' drone-related concepts against tests of viability, effectiveness, and how much they can help the planet.
"At the end of the day, they're only a tool of technology," said Saif Al Aleeli, the project manager, in a recent interview with CNN.
"Our message is that we can use it for the good of people all over the world. We've already seen a lot of potential for humanitarian uses.""Our message is that we can use it for the good of people all over the world. We've already seen a lot of potential for humanitarian uses."
Drones for Good offers a national-level prize of $270,000 (about the equivalent of $1M AED), open to UAE residents who've an idea of how to improve government services with the device. An international trophy is offered for civilian drone ideas that come from any country. The international winner takes away $1 million USD.
How exactly are these innovative thinkers going about putting drones to good use? For answers, we turn to compelling examples the contest has generated. From more than 800 entries, the UAE's drone-off (if you will) has reached its semi-final phase. Check out some of the projects underway.
National Contest: From Firefighting to Parking Improvements
"We want to reach to people before they reach us," said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, launching the Drones for Good Award, last year. "We want to save time, to shorten distances, to increase effectiveness, and to make services easier."
Ideas generated by semi-finalists on the national level reflect that mission. As contestants tackle ways to augment UAE government agencies, highlights include:
Firefighting Hybrid Drone: When it comes to dangerous and time-critical environments, Deepan Kumar, national Drones for Good contestant, wants to put more information in emergency responders' hands. His drone surveys the scene of a fire, for example, "providing Decision Quality Data (DQD) for emergency response personnel".
Medical Drones: "Auto-drones can be utilized as portable pharmacies," according to contestant Mashaal Almarzouqi. His drone concept is to transport needed medical equipment to first-aid responders.
Paid Car Parking Drones: The drone in this contestant's entry monitors paid-parking areas. It can detect cars in for-pay spots and then check that location against records of payment. Mohammed Darweesh's entry would presumably lighten the load on city infrastructure by collecting more data — and fees — faster and more efficiently.
International Entries: Planting Trees, Cleaning Windows, Saving Lives
Anyone can enter the international side of the UAE's Drones for Good Award. Among those who did are the following semifinalists.
Planting 1 Billion Trees: Lauren Fletcher wants to help reforest a planet that's losing up to 30 million hectares per year. Using drones, he and his team want to implement precision forestry, seeding hard-to-reach territory via unmanned aerial vehicles. First the drones map areas of deforestation from the air, then they use planting systems to fire seed pods into the soil. "Precision forestry will dramatically increase the planting rate," Fletcher said in a video about the plan, "while significantly decreasing the cost."
Window Cleaning Drones: Maybe you just need to reach those tall-building windows without sending a crew on a crane or in a pulley-basket, every time. In that case, Marcus Fritzsche has got you covered, offering his idea of "a civil drone which is able to clean windows and surfaces autonomously at high altitudes."
Fog Dissipation Drones: In 2013, there were 492 car accidents in the UAE due to fog, according to Mouza Al Shemaili's video about her Drones for Good proposal. Additionally, UAE airports lost some $1.56 million to fog-related flight delays in 2014. Putting drones to use, the machines spray fog banks on roads and runways with a chemical — typically sodium chloride — causing it to evaporate. "In order to operate the service, the drone has altitude, phone, and GPS sensors," the project video explains. "Tablets will be used as the ground station."
Saving Lives at Sea: And then there's disaster response. Entrant Marco Wuethrich envisions putting drones into quick action when catastrophe strikes on the waves around New Zealand. The application would help the country augment its volunteer marine search-and-rescue agency. Under the proposal, drones would speed ahead of rescue boats "to cover, fast, search areas efficiently," according to his project video, "increasing the probability of detecting survivors, decreasing the time taken for rescue, and dropping vital survival equipment," in the meantime.
This February 6–7, the best Drones for Good entries so far go head to head in the finals — what the UAE refers to as the World Cup of Drones.
One thing is certain, whoever wins the final award, these will not be your father's drones. They're taking to the air to make life a whole lot better.