Category Archives: Drones At Work

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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Drone Discovers Penguin “Supercolony” of 1.5 million in Antarctica.

Scientists have stumbled across a “supercolony” of penguins on an island in the Antarctic Peninsula relatively untouched by human activity.

Using a combinations of drones, satellite imagery and visits to the remote archipelago called the Danger Islands, the team of international researchers were able to count the number of Adelie penguins residing there.

The results reveal there are around 751,527 pairs of the penguin species – the largest population on the Antarctic Peninsula – but more importantly, they also appear not to have suffered the population declines experienced by neighboring colonies.

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Sheep Adapt Readily to Regular Drone Monitoring, Says Virginia Tech Study.

Researchers flew a drone at varying heights above a flock of sheep, recording their reactions and behavior. The results point to little interference.

Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the effects of drones on a variety of agricultural implementation, such as microbe analysis, and indeed, how drones affect the behavior of actual livestock such as sheep. According to Farmer’s Weekly, the evidence gathered seems to support the notion that sheep are largely undeterred from their regular patterns of behavior by nearby drones. Though some individual sheep may be put off at first by the unexpected presence of a whirring, aerial shepherd, adaptation occurs quickly and standard behavior resumes.

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Police drone helps save man’s life after car crash in freezing conditions.

A police drone was able to locate a man who had been in a car crash unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch in the dead of night.

The drone was deployed just after 2am today after witnesses saw a man walking away from the scene of the accident on the A16 south of Grimsby where a car had flipped onto its side.

Desperate to find the driver of the car, Lincolnshire Police used their drone, equipped with thermal imaging, to search the scene as officers from Humberside Police searched by foot.

And within a few minutes the drone managed to find the driver unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch 160 metres from where the accident had happened.

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Drones Replace Live Models at Dolce & Gabbana’s Runway Show.

Dolce & Gabbana used drones to carry its handbags down the runway at the ‘Secrets & Diamonds’ eveningwear event on Saturday night.

f one of the most prestigious fashion brands in the world is using drones as a vital part of its show, at which it’s unveiling a new line of products, then surely, drones are firmly locking themselves into mainstream culture.

The show reportedly began with the sound of church bells, followed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” booming from the speakers. Finally, it was time for the aerial surprise—drones carrying a series of handbags down the runway, to resounding applause from the audience.

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Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds. Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska.

A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks.

Two-thousand rubber duckies would make for a pretty epic bath. Or in this case, a first-of-its-kind science experiment. Ecologist Jarrod Hodgson used thousands of rubber duck decoys in a new competitive experiment that matched experienced ecologists against a drone to see which counts wildlife more accurately.

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