The Futuristic Vision Of Drones
As if the notion of drones roaming the skies wasn't quite futuristic enough, it seems that the technology is now able to see a secret world with advanced visual technology us mere humans can only dream of, a BBC Futures article reports. It may be the case that soon enough drones will have the ability to scan a person's face on the ground and pull up their details; or scan a registration number of a car and find out information on emission levels or driving offences. Drones may even be able to make intelligent algorithmic decisions on what adverts to send a person based on what they are wearing or carrying.
This is all according to the vision of the Superflux Lab and The Drone Aviary currently on display in the V&A museum in the UK. The display is a research and development project to look into the social, political and cultural impact drone technology may have in the future. Some of the most interesting and potentially influential pieces of drone tech from the exhibition include:
The Media Drone: Newsbreaker
This form of drone will help to push the boundaries of 'High Frequency Journalism' by using real-time social media updates and using algorithms to monitor breaking news stories and emergency services call-outs to report on the latest news almost instantly. It will be able to film and stream breaking stories live and write its own articles on what is happening using journalistic algorithms.
Traffic Management Assistant: RouteHawk
This drone will be low-flying, with bright LED lights that give drivers instructions on where to go if there has been an accident up ahead, for example. It will help commuters exponentially by updating constantly with road and traffic developments.
The Selfie Drone: FlyCam Instadrone
This final drone is a bit of fun - a mix of the selfie-stick and a GoPro, this drone lets users film themselves from up in the air and share the images or video as part of a life-logging experience.