You’ve heard it a million times: the ag-tech / drone community loves to discuss forecasts that indicate world population is going to double in the next 50 years, and in that period farmers must double their output in order to meet demand. [Read more…]
The Flying Robot international Film Festival is the world’s premier open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.
If you’re reading Drone Coalition you’re probably excited about the future of the drone industry, and you’re curious where career opportunities exist across the industry. Although there are endless opportunities to provide aerial services as a drone operator, I refuse to go that route and this discussion will focus more on “platform” companies (typically Saas) that have the potential to scale globally.
Most of our projects are either free or minimally monetized. This being the case it is challenging for me to avoid falling into the operator trap. Sure it is fun going for broke in the ‘independent drone app’ hustle, but at times you’ll find yourself thinking it would be nice to have a paycheck. [Read more…]
One of the most common misconceptions I’ve heard in the drone world regarding DJI’s products: they are just meant for taking aerial photos.
While that’s true, it’s also true that a simple $500 drone can create images used for commercial purposes that can save businesses thousands of dollars. One of the most impressive use cases to me? Skycatch’s software, which autonomously creates an aerial map of any area. San Francisco-based startup Skycatch is a software that automates aerial mapping and analytics for construction, mining, energy and other use cases.
Prior to trying out Skycatch, I had never been involved with a fully autonomous Phantom mission. While I’ve made use of autonomous features like return-to-home or follow-me, I’ve never just tapped a button, witness the drone fly a pre-determined route and then witnessed the drone return to its starting point. With Skycatch, the only “non-autonomous” operation a human needs to do is set the drone out of the box and tap a button to start the operation.
Mapping a few blocks takes about 10 minutes. 10 minutes later, you’ll receive a memory card full of images, which you upload to Skycatch’s server and they return to you with a stitched map.
Here’s a video demo of how it all works:
I’ll admit, I was afraid flying a fully autonomous mission. What if the drone goes haywire and hits a tree? But I had no reason to fear. The app is incredibly easy to use. I pressed a button on my phone, the drone took off, flew a route it designed itself, and came back to me 13 minutes later.
The DJI Phantom for a long time has been touted as an epic toy, but Skycatch has proven that they aren’t just a toy — they have a real purpose in commercial applications, like helping construction sites monitor change over time by running the same missions on a regular basis with nothing more than a DJI Phantom and Skycatch’s Commander smartphone app.
The big white Drone Racing tent at the West Entrance to the Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 is drawing huge crowds to see the fantastic drone sports action this year! ASL (Aerial Sports League) has put on various classes and qualifier drone races and competitive battle drone demonstrations, utilizing all DIY sporting drones built by the pilots that fly them!
Thousands of drone enthusiasts, pilots and hobbyists around the globe are expected to participate in the 2nd annual International Drone Day event on Saturday, May 7, spearheaded by David & Sarah Oneal with That Drone Show. Events are meant to educate and demonstrate how useful, practical, fun and safe drones are for interested attendees wishing to learn more.
Another year at the NAB show in Las Vegas has come and gone and those of us in the UAS/drone community are still recovering from a grueling, yet exciting week. It was an action-packed 6 full days of workshops, demonstrations, training, panels, presentations, new product demos and even drone sports!
One of the most creative demonstrations that have spawned from the recent “drone invasion” is the number of drone-related film festivals that are popping up all over. One of the first major drone film festivals was last year in New York at the New York City Drone Film Festival, and was the subject of much publicity through major broadcasting and publishing networks.
Not long thereafter, there was another large film festival at InterDrone in Las Vegas last year, followed by the Flying Robot International Film Festival in San Francisco; Rise of the Drones Film Festival in the UK, plus many others around the globe. And now the trend is really picking up speed.
Of all the professions or industries in the world, the one society can ill afford to lose is agriculture. Without food society cannot exist, especially in cities. The reason cities are becoming larger and larger is due to the efficiency of farmers and ranchers the world over. There is a huge disconnect however between agriculturists and their city cousins that creates a detrimental atmosphere for farmers and ranchers to do their job. Pressures placed on agriculture, either realized or unrealized has created a rift to protecting the most essential industry I love… agriculture. [Read more…]