If you feel that the drone laws in the UK are a bit too hard, then there’s some good news for you. The concept of bionics has finally been incorporated into flying drones! Bionics is the field of science which simply deals with the study of mechanical systems that replicate living beings or parts of their body. So why not merge this science with one of the most trending electronic gadgets of the 21st century?
Drones – a brief history
Very few people know that flying drones were initially used for military surveillance of conflict zones which were rather dangerous or even inaccessible for human beings. That was back in the year 2000. Their use became much more intense after 9/11. As years passed by, drone technology grew by leaps and bounds and found applications in various other fields. Applications which were related to the common man like aerial photography, agriculture, mapping, area inspection, etc., became partially unmanned with the help of drones. Even industries like the aviation industry, mining industry, certain food industry and several news agencies have drones in their inventory.
Bionic drones – what you need to know
Since the drone industry is a fairly new one, it faced several drawbacks in its initial stages (and is still facing some of them). The drawbacks included breach of privacy,possible congestion and delays in air traffic in certain countries and causing harm to nature and its living organisms. Needless to say, drones which are operated near ports or politically sensitive areas will also compromise the safety and security of its population. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK has set certain rules and regulations under this topic. Bionic drones are an evolved form of the conventional quad-copter drones and the first prototype called the Bionic Birdwas invented and developed by Engineer Edwin Van Ruymbeke. This prototype has given reality to the term ‘bird’s eye view’. Here’s a video link of a short coverage on the Bionic Bird conducted by BBC with the inventor himself. The drone weighs only9 grams and can be controlled by your smartphone through an app. The bionic bird can reach speeds of up to 18 to 19 kilometres per hour and can be flown continuously for around 5 to 10 minutes. It has a rechargeable battery in the shape of an egg which fits underneath the bird. The charging port is also used as a resting pod for the bionic bird. The charging time is anywhere between 10-15 minutes. The app that has been developed for the bionic bird allows the user to select multiple flight modes and speeds. The flight control of this peculiar drone is even more surprising. The bird hovers around as per the movement of the smart phone!
A summary of its bewildering specs:
- Weighs only 9 grams.
- Connected through an app on your smartphone.
- Fast and slow speed control with adjustable tail movement.
- Rechargeable battery with swift charging.
- Differential speeds reaching up to 19 kmph.
- Bluetooth connectivity.
- Multiple flight modes.
- Protection against overheating.
Coming back to the point where we talked about conventional drones being a possible cause of danger to the nature; the bionic bird is so astonishingly similar to a real bird that it syncs and camouflages in the natural environment. Leaving all other creatures unaware of an artificial friend flying in their midst! Its benefits include all the existing virtues which a conventional drone provides, plus an added advantage of being a bird look alike. In future, we might just be able to develop prototypes which are specific to different species of birds and send them within huge migratory fleets and learn their patterns more deeply. All of this without causing any sort of disturbance to their natural habitat.
Other bionic drones:
This territory of drone technology has not been worked on very deeply and certainly more research and study has to be done. Apart from the bionic bird, a bionic bee prototype has also been developed and is called the black hornet. It has been tested by the military and needless to say, the application requires this drone to be very quiet and very small! These projects are open for inventors to work on and there is certainly more work to be done to make this invention more environment- friendly.
Another smartly designed bionic drone is the Furibee F90. Its astonishing design gives it a look which is a ditto to the common wasp. The Furibee F90 has a powerful camera integrated right on its head to provide the operator with an excellent view. It’s been noted that several low power racing drones have suffered with unstable and inconsistent relay of signals. However, the Furibee F90 solves this dilemma with the help of a rock solid feed.
Conclusion – a marketing technique worth considering.
The bionic bird was first launched in the spring of 2015 at a very affordable price and was partially funded by the common people who received a discount on their personal orders. Such measures lead to increasing interest in the general public and make the scope of research and production even wider. Drone technology has come ahead so far and the prices have gone down so steeply that it would be safe to say that there will come a time in the 21st century where there would be no house without one of it. GearBest.com is one such renowned retailer specialised in delivering an array of drones at an affordable price. And for the bionic drones, sky is the only limit, quite literally![This is a sponsored post.]