Category Archives: Drones At Work

A year of drone rescues around the world.

In the past year alone, media accounts from five continents have documented dozens of people saved from danger thanks to drones. Rescuers have used drones to drop buoys to struggling swimmers in Australia and Brazil; England and America; and find stranded people in farm fields, along rivers and on mountain trails.

From May 2017 through April 2018, DJI has counted 65 people who were rescued from peril by use of a drone.

A single incident involved 24 tourists lost at night on a mountain with no food or water.  Searchers found them with a drone after three hours of effort, and needed hours more to carry them to safety. While it is unlikely that all 24 would have perished without the drone’s help, some were clearly saved from potential injury or death

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“My neighbors watch my back and I watch theirs”. Drone captures video of thief.

“Kind of looks like a deer caught in the headlights,” said Micah Perkins,  of Wewoka, Oklahoma. who said he knew something was wrong at his neighbor’s home.

Perkins then picked up his drone.

“I didn’t really think about it,” he said. “I just had it, and it was the perfect opportunity.”

Authorities said the female suspect, identified as Marissa Ramsey, was with a man but he left her in the dust.

“When he spotted the drone spotting him, he drove off rather quickly,” said Deputy Thomas Wood with Seminole County. “And, at this time, the operator of the drone noticed a female running from the residence.”

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Drone Helps Richland County Sheriff’s Department Capture Murder Suspect in South Carolina.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said they had help capturing an accused murderer Tuesday from a new perspective– they used a drone to help locate him.

“We use the drone to assist with our deputies on the ground with the perimeter. We use it to scan the area. The suspect was actually in a thick area of the woods. Our SWAT team is here on the left, the suspect is actually here in the center, he’s actually seen as a white hot-spot,”

RCSD says they have used drones three times in the past week and now have four drones in the program.

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Amazon patents delivery drones that can react to people screaming and flailing

I can’t wait to see videos of the tests.

Amazon.com Inc. has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.

The concept is part of Amazon’s goal to develop a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles that can send packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Issued this week, the patent may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps.

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