The technology and use of drones have been around for decades, but, were primarily only trusted for, developed, and sold to government entities or other private, scientific firms for use.
Understandably, a large reason behind this was because of the costs to build, as well as design, modify, and redistribute them. Most famously, UAV’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (also known as Drones) have been a very popular version and form of these technological innovations. And, ranging in size over the past five or so years offering more speed, precision, advanced technology, and even weapons for drones like those now used for government purposes, from military to border protection – and even wildlife patrol.
In many cases, law enforcement and government contracting agencies are using, or will start with the more “hobby-like” design drones for testing, modifications, and to ensure it’s not only something that the department can afford, but, that will actually be profitable for them. After all, the real drone they will eventually use is bound to be 50 or more times larger (and expensive) than the original, hobby drone used for testing, exploration, and training.
As consumers, fans, and new consumers alike have learned, the dimensions, weight, rotors, camera resolution or megapixels, media format, and remote control type largely determine what level user could or should be using it, as well as of course the price. Additionally, a lot of hobby drones now have and rely on live video feed options, WIFI, and automated flight features like ‘orbit’, ‘return to home’, and auto-landing – should the power unexpectedly fail for any reason.
Hobby drones then, as a concept, are not only evolving, but also continue to contribute to smaller business ideas and purposes to date, to anything from delivering fast food, to groceries, auto parts, or even recording local news and events as they’re happening. That is, as they are understandably able to respond much more quickly, not have to worry about traffic, or special area restrictions or obstacles which might otherwise impede on the quality of story being covered. And, as hobby drone technology continues to grow, along with open-source networks and markets for users contributing to one another’s capabilities among drones, both entrepreneurial and non-profits alike are able to successfully use them for new, more advanced and philanthropic purposes.
For example, distributing or transporting medicine and first aid, saving lives, performing search and rescue, or even investigating a crime. After all, what more of an unrestricted view could one possibly obtain of a crime-scene?
On top of all of these changes, of course, has also come the ability for the public to purchase a hobby drone on a budget, or for a fraction of the cost they were years ago. Now, with more sophisticated and capable drones, much like other popular gadgets such as smartphones, previous or “older” models are made much more affordable. In fact, some people are even using hobby drones to make art, sell property, and help farmers with their cattle! The skies are the limit – and we don’t mean that rhetorically.