If you’ve been following The Droney since its inception, you’re keenly aware of the fact that drones can serve as an excellent tool for aerial photography. The progression of drone technology is in hyper-speed right now, and today’s consumer drones are far superior than those from even 2 years ago. And, two years from now, we’ll lament about those “slow-klunky drones, with poor camera quality” of 2019. With best-in-class cameras and longer battery life, it is easy to mistakenly think, NOW we’ve mastered the art of creating the perfect drone. Not so, In fact, I believe we’re merely in the pre-pubescent stage of drone technology.
Let’s see what’s going on in the Industry:
IBM Gets Patent for Coffee Delivery Drone
Today there is so much research and development being put into the drone market. The smartest minds are diligently working to find a way to get longer flight times from drone batteries, oh and then there’s IBM’s recent patent of a coffee delivery drone. Wat! Coffee delivery from a drone, cmon? Yes, you heard it, soon you might be getting your Mocha Latte delivered to you via a drone, and you better believe, it’s contents will be hot!
New Battery Technology allows for Longer Drone Flights
Now, it’s easy to be underwhelmed by battery news, terms like Anode’s, Cathods, Electrons, personally make me want to yawn. But, battery breakthroughs and the drone industry appear to be on a collision course. You see, A team of scientists and engineers at a company called Cuberg have created exciting new battery technology, one with the opportunity to turn the drone industry on its….Propellers!
Cuberg has created the first drone, powered by lithium metal batteries. Most drones incorporate a Lithium-ion Battery. This lithium metal battery allows for longer, some say 70% longer, than those of the Lithium-ion ilk. The key to this new invention is its non-flammable electrolyte which enables longer use; and oh yea, it’s far safer than today’s batteries which have proven flammable. Needless to say, drone enthusiasts, and Cuberg investors alike, hope to usher in this new battery technology in the coming years.
The Success of New Gigantic Internet Drones
The past couple of years, have seen a ‘developments race’ to see who can deliver scalable solar-powered drones capable of beaming internet access to any spot on Earth. The deep-pocketed; Facebook, and Google, have already fizzled out. However, a small company who is partnering with NASA appears poised to make this sci-fi invention, a reality.
Dubbed the Hawk 30, this massive drone has 10 engines working in tandem to keep it airborne for long periods. While this technology is still far from ready, the sheer ambition behind this impressive project is enough to warrant mentioning it here. If it does succeed, Hawk 30 could be the key to a globalized internet capable of touching every corner of the world.
Innovative Landing Gear Allows Drones To Land Like Birds
As drone enthusiasts, we’ve grown accustomed to the fact that drones must have a safe, flat spot to land. However, just because that’s how it is right now doesn’t mean it’s how it has to be forever. To prove this point, a team of researchers at Yale have developed an impressive new landing gear which allows drones to land on a perch.
If this approach can be advanced further, it could mean that tomorrow’s drones will be far more versatile tools, especially when it comes to aerial photography. After all, the ability to land a drone on the side of a building to capture stunning images is something to genuinely get excited about.
Any way you ’spin’ it, the future looks bright for the Drone Industry.