Technological advancement continues to create high end devices to better the daily world we live in. Drones have made significant developments that people from all over the world can benefit from. These flying innovations bring remote parts of the world closer together. With everyone having access to the sky, medical necessities and resources can be more easily obtained by using drones. Companies are working voraciously to get their drones to market which will likely improve the quality of life for people all around the world.
Getting medicine to hard to reach areas
Andreas Raptopoulos has developed Matternet which creates 8-propeller drones that can be used to deliver 2kg of medical equipment. The drones will deliver medical supplies to sub-Saharan Africa where 85% of roads become inaccessible during the wet season. With approximately 1 billion people without access to main roads, Raptopoulos has his work cut out for him. The drones of The drones of Google’s Project Wing could be used to provide medical aid and disaster relief in the same way.
Helping billions of people access the internet
Facebook launched its first flight of a drone designed to provide internet to remote parts of the world. The solar powered drone named Aquila will be able to stay 60,000 feet in the air for three months, making it highly reliable. This innovation was announced on Facebook and will help connect the 3.2 billion people without internet access. The drone is 1,000 pounds, the size of an airliner, and too heavy to stay in the air for days. When the drone is up and running it will be lighter and use laser communication faster than the internet in developed countries.
Attaining resources that aren’t readily available
Northern Ireland is home to stringent abortion laws where offenders could face life in prison. That didn’t deter a group of activists who used a drone to fly in abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol. According to The Guardian, the group that organized the flight called Women on Waves used the drone to fly in pills to show that it is feasible to get the pills “through the internet, by drone, or RC speedboat” says Dr. Rebecca Gomperts. This isn’t the first time Women on Waves has acted on their beliefs. In 2015 the group sent a drone from a German tower into Poland with abortion pills.
Cutting edge cinematography
It’s clear that drones are going to change the face of entertainment with the first DC Drone Film Festival this year, as all of the submissions must contain at least 50% or more footage from a drone. The PowerEye or flying camera released by Powervision Technology Group supports movie makers, cinematographers, and game developers. The dual viewing and thermal footage technology will allow creators to capture stunning shots that can’t be produced otherwise.
Many people have benefited from taking medication at some point and drones simply make them more accessible. Drones can provide more people with access to resources, medication, and knowledge that will better their lives. Drones can be as beneficial as we allow them to be because they can so easily integrate into our lives.