Monthly Archives: August 2016

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The Potential of Drones in Personal Services

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was once just a dream has now become a reality. The concepts related to this technology are becoming clearer with each passing day. Very soon, we will see drones and UAVs become a part of our everyday lives. One concept associated with drones is their use in the domain of personal services. Efforts are being made to make this a reality and it is only a matter of time.

Different researchers as well as companies are trying to search for new avenues where drones can be utilized and personal service is one of those areas. People need assistants in order to smoothly carry out their everyday work. Usually, a human is hired for such work but what if a drone could be used in place of an assistant?

There are many who have even conceptualized the use of drones for providing personal services like taking aerial selfies and making family videos. Keeping a parking space secured for you, ensuring that the street that you are walking down is safe for you as well as providing you personal protection are some of the other personal services for which drones can be utilized.

There are many who are trying to develop drones to provide specialized services but the only problem that is coming in the way of this highly ambitious project is safety. The safety of the people and their property cannot be ensured because of the unpredictability of drones. They can stop working at any time and fall to the ground. This may be a great hazard for the people going about their businesses on the roads and streets. Moreover, if the drone causes any kind of damage to the property then its owner will be held liable for it.

There is always a danger of the use of drones by anti-social and anti-national elements. Rules and regulations regarding the use and ownership of drones need to be put in place before these aerial vehicles can be used for personal services.

The FAA is fully aware of the misuse drones can be subjected to. This is why it delayed the process of bringing drones into the commercial sector until this year and is very selective when it comes to giving airworthiness licenses to businesses.

Though these concerns are genuine but these have always been there whenever a new technology has been launched into the market. When TVs were introduced for the first time, people used to be issued license for keeping and using TVs in their houses. Similarly, there were many other things that were seen with suspicion but when they became prevalent, their use became indispensable.

Probably, it is the same with drones as far as the personal services are concerned. As soon as the FAA gives its approval there would be drones all over the place. There are companies that already have everything ready for the launch of the drones in various sectors of the market. In the not too distant future, we will see on-call drones hovering in the sky waiting to be deployed for personal services.

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The Use of Drones in Measuring Air Quality, Pollution &Treatment Controls

Drones are extremely useful machines that can be used for a number of different purposes. One of the best means of utilizing drone technology is for monitoring pollution in the environment. There are many goals that can be achieved by the use of drones in this field such as:

· Drones can be used to replace old sampling techniques.

· They can provide an X-Y-Z platform that is both stable and precise for sample collection.

· Drones can give you adequate time for collection of data that is integrated and time bound.

· They are capable of providing real-time data as well as imagery.

· Drones can be used for development of autonomous methods of sample collection.

There are two types of drones in existence that can help in determining air quality. The first one is the fixed wing type that can carry larger payloads, but it must remain in an X-Y plane with constant motion. The second one is the multi-rotor UAV that can only carry small payloads, but has the capability of collecting samples while it is in motion and also when it is hovering over a specific location.

The problem associated with drones is mainly the perception of the public. People consider drones to be very dangerous and a threat to their privacy. Some people even think that drones can give terrorists another method of spreading terror. To make matters worse, the FAA is also not in favor of using transport drones for commercial purposes. Until recently, only research drones were allowed to fly, and only over restricted areas, and can’t go over 400 feet above the ground as they may interfere with the airplanes used for public transportation.

However, despite all these challenges drones are being used in various air quality control methods for measuring particulate matter and VOCs as well as measurements relating to meteorology such as temperature, humidity, pressure and winds. In addition to this, drones can be used to continuously measure gases such as ozone and others that give us an idea about the environmental conditions.

Drones can be used successfully for this type of work because they are light in weight and can fly from one place to another relatively easily. They can be set up quickly whenever they are needed and can be deployed as per the requirement within a short period of time. Drones are capable of returning back to the place they flew from in case of failure of flight control.

With the help of drones, important information regarding air quality can be obtained in real-time in the form of photographs, videos as well as air samples. The wind speed and other attributes can also be measured using drones.

These drones can be utilized for a relatively low price. The reusability of drones along with its ability to capture pictures from a considerable distance makes it a great tool in this field. Images captured by satellite can be obscured by the presence of the clouds, but the drones stay below the clouds and are therefore able to give you a picture that is more inferable.

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The Use of Drones in Photography

Drones are being extensively used in the field of photography. It started as a hobby, but recently it has taken a professional turn. A drone is an amazing tool that can help capture breathtaking aerial shots that were unimaginable before. You might have seen stunning aerial shots of landscapes like mountains, rivers, deserts and fields in movies. A helicopter is usually used for filming such images in the movie business and a large crew is present to assist the camera person. However, in real life it is almost impossible to arrange for a helicopter. Even if you have the finances available to you to arrange for a helicopter, you would require a pilot to fly the helicopter so that you can take photos. So, if you want to indulge in aerial photography without having to spend a fortune over it, then drones are your best option.

Drones come in various varieties. You can choose the one most suited to your photography needs quite easily. There are some models that can be bought for less than $100 such as the Blade Nano QX. This model is ideal for beginners and budding photographers who have just started using drones for photography purposes. There is always a possibility that the drone will crash while you are learning to fly it, so it is better to buy a cheaper version first.

Photographers who are well-versed in piloting a drone by themselves can opt to buy more advanced drones that have the capability of carrying a larger camera. Some of the most popular models of drones that are currently being used for commercial photography include the DJI Phantom series. If you are confident about your drone flying skills then you can even go for the Iris by 3D Robotics. These drones may cost you around $800, but they are worth the cost. The quality of photos that you get from these drones is amazing.

There are other drones that come with an attached Go Pro camera such as DJI Phantom 2 but the cost is double of what you will pay for the ones mentioned above. Do keep in mind that better the camera you have on your drone, the higher the quality of pictures and videos you will be able to shoot.

The camera is the most important piece of equipment when you are interested in clicking great shots with the help of your drone. A crucial factor in the selection of the camera is its weight. The best camera in the market at the moment is the GoPro Hero3 Black edition which weighs a mere 73 grams and can give you high quality photos and videos. This camera has built-in Wi-Fi and is compatible with OEM and third party accessories. The accessories that you may want to buy include:

· Transmitter to increase the range of your link.

· Receiver to decrease the noise when you receive the video on the ground.

· Goggles to view the video feeds.

· Anti-gravity motors and specialized remote controls are also a few accessories that will improve your experience with your drone.

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The Use of Drones in Real Estate Development

Aerial photography is no newbie to the real estate industry. Real estate agents and property owners have used aerial photography and videography to show their properties in captivating ways for decades. And while helicopters have been used in the past to deliver stunning aerial footage of real estate and commercial properties, drones are able to give you shots from angles and heights not possible using a helicopter. Drones are able to give take photographs and videos that are high quality, affordable and are comparable to the footage you see in Hollywood.

Drones are a very convenient option when it comes to shooting in a populated area. Drones are better than small planes because they are able to give you photos that are cost effective. Also, drones can be maneuvered more easily as compared to that of small planes in areas that are populated. And drones take much less time and resources to capture the footage.

There are many real estate property dealers who are interested in buying high property and need to look at the property before buying it. It is going to be a long and tedious journey if the whole property is to be looked in person. It is here that the drones can be used for the convenience of the buyer as well as the seller.

The sellers can be shown the whole property in the palm of their hands by shooting all the locations of the property with the help of the drone. The advantages of the use of drones in viewing the property for the purpose of investing are many, including:

· Each and every portion of the property can be viewed

· The various problems associated with the property can be ascertained

· The seller need not waste their precious time in viewing each and every property in person

· It becomes easier to compare two or more properties at the same time

· Any problems can be discussed with the seller at the beginning of the deal

· The buyers find the property more attractive if it has been shot using drones.

Drones offer a convenient as well as cost effective way of shooting a property as well as showing it to the potential investors. Drone pilots can be conveniently hired to make these stunning videos which can then be used for bringing in more buyers. Also, a drone pilot can be hired for a day to show live video footage of the property captured by the drone flying over it for those clients who show their interest in buying the property.

Whether it is a high rise building or a large stretch of land, all this and much more can be made visible to potential buyers in a very short span of time by the use of a UAV. People who want to invest in high-rise buildings need not give a lot of their precious time in viewing the property from different angles. They can rather make use of the drone videos to get the real feel of the property they want to buy. You can even get a view from the window or the balcony of the apartment or the pent house you are planning on buying without having to go up there in person.

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The Use of Drones in Residential Property Development

Drones are finding a new use every day. This is because they are very versatile and can be used in almost any field. Drones have huge potential for being used in the construction field and they have already been put to use by many companies.

The residential construction projects could be really extensive and keeping an eye on every minute detail of the project is necessary if the project manager wants to execute the project successfully and if the property owner wants to increase their chances of selling every unit at an optimal price. However, inspecting the whole project manually can become a tedious process, taking up a great deal of time. So, in order to avoid this hassle residential construction companies are beginning to make use of drones to see the work in progress in real time. The images of the project can be taken at various angles to create a 3D image of the property. This footage also helps in marketing the property to potential clients.

In order to be a successful marketer, you must be able to impress the client. The client who is searching for his or her dream home should always be presented with something that blows their mind away, leading them to make a positive decision for your property. So, if you have a wonderful property and you want to maximize your chances of selling at the best price possible, you must present it in a way that’s different from what buyers are used to seeing.

The use of drones to produce high definition aerial photos as well as videos enable you capture the property from various angles as well as elevations making it possible for the potential clients to view each and every angle of the building or the property clearly and in detail. You can present to them the view from the window or the balcony without ever entering the building. Every inch of the residential property can be presented to the buyer. This is beneficial for the buyer too. He or she can make the decision of including the property in their list of probable by just looking at the images and the videos. They need not visit each and every property site and waste their time and money in travel.

While the project is still in its developmental stage, the owner of the project can keep an eye on the project by using a drone. Expansive projects can take up a lot of your time if you decide to visit each and every corner of the project area in person. The use of drones will help you get the images and videos of the area being developed in real time. These images and videos can be streamed in real time and you can get an idea of the progress being made every day.

There are many companies that are providing drones for this purpose. You can rent the equipment or hire trained pilots to execute the job. This will give you professional images and videos of your property on a professional platform and impress your potential clients.