Guest speakers addressed topics such as art, mechanical design, business entrepreneurship and aerial delivery systems (as seen in the news recently by companies such as Amazon.com).
While the future of how drones will be utilized in our society is uncertain, the one certainty is that the topic of drones evokes emotion, interest and has the tech industry buzzing.
While the use of drones for commercial use in the United States is a gray area, with regulations expected by 2015 at the earliest, this has not prevented artists from toying with these innovative gadgets for motion pictures, video commercials and aerial photography. With an industry in its infancy, the early pioneers are hopeful to establish a foothold in what could soon become a booming media outlet.
With blogs such as diydrones.com making it so easy for a beginner to learn how to build your own drone for as cheap as $30-50 using a stripped down Nintendo Wii remote, the market is easy for anyone to enter. Of course, customizing your UAS with all the bells and whistles can approach costs upward of $15,000 (with drones capable of carrying professional Hollywood cameras). However, piecing together a very reliable set up with a mounted GoPro can be done for $1000 or less.
As time passes and regulations approach, the primary obstacles that must be addressed are privacy concerns (surveillance), mass scalability of competing UAS's in a trafficked air space, and the secure transportation and delivery of products.
Companies such as Matternet are taking it a step further, posing a new paradigm shift for transportation of goods and eventually even people. This could allow underdeveloped countries to join the developed world, possibly bypassing the need for a large infrastructure of roads. Is the age of the Jetsons closer than we think?
Whether you are for or against the use of drones for personal or commercial use, you can expect to see more attention placed this new technology in the near future. It may excite you or concern you. However it makes you feel, do your research and don't be afraid to voice your opinion. Help shape our society for the future.
by: Bryan Gintoft