Drones use computer vision and 3D mapping to aid humans

Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain
Photo by U.S. Navy Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

Droids have been getting a lot of attention in the news today, but mostly on the negative end of the spectrum. However, droids can also be used for good, which some companies are doing.

South Africa’s SteadiDrone and Switzerland’s SenseFly are two examples of companies producing drones that can aid humans. These machines fly over an area and are able to get a full picture, literally, of what is going on below, by mapping out what the terrain looks like.

Military units and space programs have been using similar devices for years; by sending in a machine beforehand, it can view and assess the risk, giving the user eyes to gauge a situation before being exposed to potential problems. What other ways might drones be used for good, both in the professional and personal realms?