Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

First the robots came for manufacturing jobs. Then they went after skilled labor. Now, robots are going after inspectors. Reuters’ Alwyn Scott reports on a new business line at GE dedicated to a mostly automated process of inspecting buildings and other facilities: General Electric Co has begun testing autonomous drones and robotic “crawlers” to inspect … Continue reading Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

Google’s secretive drone research and development program has unintended consequences

Google X — now just “X” — is a secretive skunkworks subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent company that used to be simply known as Google. The company is famous for its “moon shot” experiments where big risks hopefully lead to big payoffs. But are the costs really worth it? Julie Bort, at Business Insider, reveals … Continue reading Google’s secretive drone research and development program has unintended consequences

Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are more commonly referred to as drones. And in the world of drones, the undisputed leader of the industry is DJI.

As a largely unregulated industry, operating in a realm that is carefully regulated (in the US, the FAA is in charge here), manufacturers like DJI are anxious to establish industry standards in order to avoid risk to future business operations. Along those lines, DJI is proposing a novel concept that is extremely practical and pragmatic: License plates for drones. Continue reading “Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so”

Time-lapse drone footage of a custom home under construction from start to finish

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s treat is a neat video that a builder made during the construction of his brother’s home. The way he made this video is actually really cool. By programming a route for the drone, and then flying that exact route every day, Youtube user ChuckPPhotography then edited the video from around 32 to … Continue reading Time-lapse drone footage of a custom home under construction from start to finish

Rush to market sacrifices good quality assurance for GoPro’s new drone line

Ever since GoPro tried to launch their new line of drones for their adventure enthusiast market, problems have tarnished the normally stellar reputation for solid, quality-built imaging technologies. Forbes’ Ryan Mac wrote a thorough analysis of the saga, with the provocative headline, “The Sky Is Falling For GoPro.” The article opens with a story of … Continue reading Rush to market sacrifices good quality assurance for GoPro’s new drone line

Professionally shot drone photography is changing the real estate industry

Having worked with some professionally shot drone footage of properties for use in legal disputes, what I like the most about it is the way that it puts things into context so well. In real estate, location is everything, and nothing compares to a drone for impact in highlighting a property’s location. Digital Journal has an interview … Continue reading Professionally shot drone photography is changing the real estate industry