A drone is a term loosely affiliated to any type of autonomous aircraft, or basically, planes without pilots. It can range from your old plane toy with a battery remote to the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Imagine having the ability to accomplish projects in the air… while you stand on the ground.
Recently, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone came into market with its ability to carry a camera, and to be controlled through wifi by pairing to smart systems, like the iOS gadgets. Other advanced features include a dedicated physical controller, a stabilized HD fisheye-lens camera, GPS positioning for steady flight and emergency returns. It retails for around USD$1199.
This type of drone is mainly for photographers and videographers who want to take high quality photographs of sweeping skies and wide lands. Filmmaker Roberto Serrini used to same camera to shoot a stunning aerial footage of Phnom Pehn and other parts of Cambodia earlier this year:
The other interesting drone that is making quite a huge entrance is Facebook’s “Connectivity Lab” project powered by Acqhires from Ascenta, a drone cum satellite providing Internet to all parts of the world, including rural areas. It is part of the internet.org partnership between the big social moniker and other telecom giants like Nokia and Qualcomm. Their intention is to come up with innovative technology to provide Internet to the 5 billion people who currently lack it.
What can this potentially mean? Soon aircraft and satellites belonging to huge social communication companies will control Internet’s accessibility, resulting in rather murky consequences. While we are happy that Internet might finally unit people around the world closer and faster, does this also mean that brands will have the chance to provide a new incentive to feed people’s obsession with being online anytime and anywhere.
As Mark Zuckerberg explains in his Facebook post earlier last week,
“In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org, we’ve been working on ways to beam Internet to people from the sky… Our goal with internet.org is to make affordable access to basic Internet services available to every person in the world. We’ve made good progress so far. Over the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay alone has doubled the number of people using mobile data with the operators we’ve partnered with, helping 3 million new people access the Internet.”
This initiative also opens up a new area for startups to consider. They now have the entire area of the sky to plot their plans against, and perhaps we will see plans starting to soar high and wide. Cambodia presents itself with a lot of opportunities once Internet is accessible to cultivate technological knowledge. Who knows, drones might just be the answer.