Today’s post looks at some exciting innovations in drone use. As I studied these to bring you a few of the more interesting ones, I found some very diverse areas of use emerging. Graduates, straight out of college are providing solutions to enterprise-class users and are offering drones as a service solutions. When our youth embrace a technology like this, expect great innovations to come.
Below are some unusual use cases.
Seeing in 3D
Drones that incorporate Intel’s RealSense 3D camera technology can create a 3D map of obstacles around them and navigate safely through them from memory even if visibility drops subsequently. Once this tech is integrated with “Follow Me” mode, the drone can follow a subject while ensuring it stays clear of obstacles. The remarkable thing about drones that use this technology is that if it can avoid an obstacle once, it will remember it and avoid it again in the future.
Airbus Embraces Drones
One usually thinks aircraft companies would keep drones at arm’s length. Not Airbus. Drones now assist in the inspection of aircraft that are being prepped for delivery. The drone remembers the shape of the plane using the RealSense 3D technology we discussed above. It has a 42-megapixel camera that sees fine detail and records it to create a permanent record. Software specific to Airbus analyzes the images and can detect errors and imperfections. Airbus is now planning to incorporate drones into the entire manufacturing process.
A Data Capture Tool
Drones are quickly becoming highly mobile data capture tools rather than curious things that can (sometimes) fly. By improving the memory and processing power on-board drones, this helps them to process ever-larger data sets and make critical decisions in real-time. As the connectivity and technology improve faster than some thought possible, it is difficult to predict where we will be ten years from now.
David King Chief Technical Officer
Serving as the Chief Technology Officer, David is responsible for the discovery and implementation of new technologies that yield competitive advantages while working closely with Executive Management to develop strategies to increase revenue and performs cost-benefit and return-on-investment analysis.
In October 2005, David joined AEgis Technologies as Director of the Simulation Development Group. During that time, David helped formulate the direction of AEgis’ software development efforts to ensure maximum reusability, thereby speeding ongoing development while reducing costs. His focus is technology transfer to commercial products and product development. Under his leadership, the Simulation Development Group developed and fielded over 8000 UAS training systems across the DOD. David has held the title of Vice President, Simulation Development and most recently, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Division.
With more than 25 years in the Modeling, Simulation, and Training industry – and having served in product design and development, technology advancement, project management, and leadership positions. David is a recognized leader and innovator in the MS&T industry, having co-founded, matured and sold a two-man start-up company into a highly-successful small business (CG2, Inc.) in just seven years with no outside venture capital or investments. In addition to being recognized locally as an “Outstanding Small Business” for three consecutive years by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Before co-founding CG2, David spent eight years in the US Army in missile-related fields. He worked for Electronic Associates Inc. and later AMTEC Corporation at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, on a broad range of projects including the Sensor Vision III Real-Time IR Scene Generator, JAVELIN, STINGER, CHAPARRAL BAT, AIT, and THAAD HWIL simulations.
Specialties: Modeling, Simulation and Training. Hardware in the Loop, real-time simulations.