Eye in the Sky

I walked by a construction site today while three men stood atop a small embankment.  Just another day at the site?  Oh no!  They caught my attention because one was handling a piece of headgear that I later determined were pair of goggles.  Another gentleman was carrying a large laptop looking device held against his torso.  It was strapped around his neck like a walking concessions vendor at a local ball park.  But instead of selling franks, he was looking towards the sky.  When I finally followed his line of sight, I saw what he was doing.  He was piloting an aerial drone.

This is not your dad’s (or son’s, OK…. or your) remote control helicopter or plane! The drone was similar to the hexacopter.

In addition to the many propellers, the drone had an on board camera.  The guy wearing the goggles was surveying the site from the air.  He would guide the pilot and tell him where to maneuver based on what he wanted to see.

I was amazed at how smoothly the flying device handled.  Not to mention silently.  The application of technology was truly amazing.  How often is it that we wish we could see things from a different point of view?  This team had an excellent bird’s eye view of their work.  It occurred to me very quickly how the cost of operating an aerial robot could be more cost effective than chartering a helicopter for the same time.  Not to mention it could fly far lower and be less disturbing.

What a great technology application!

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