01 Aug World’s Weirdest Drones
It’s a bird; it’s a plane, nope… It’s a drone! Over the past couple of years, our skies have been infiltrated by crafty little quadcopters. From Amazon testing out their delivery drones to creepy neighbours who hover outside your windows, these futuristic flying machines have taken to the sky.
I was first introduced to drones when a friend showed me a racing video on YouTube, and I was instantly hooked. Since watching that video, I have managed to (almost) total two aircrafts. There is a lot to be desired when it comes to my flying skills. However, this does not stop me from enjoying others take flight—I mean, did you watch the Dubai World Racing!? In the future, I hope to be able to handle the hot hot quadcopter heat.
In the meantime—while I work on my flight skills—here are some weird and wacky drones. If you can think of a way to use a drone, I guarantee someone has tried it out (or is planning to).
Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Drones
If there is one drone that you need in your life, it’s the Tacocopter. This unmanned flying device was a product concept designed to deliver tacos straight to your door. Unfortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration may have just squashed the guac on this drone so that I wouldn’t be expecting your flying fish tacos anytime soon.
Sheep Herding Drone
Move over Babe; it looks like there is a new sheep herder in town! Meet Shep the world’s first sheep herding drone. Check out how this flock moves around the field guided by this Irish manned quadcopter. I love this idea, but I don’t think “That’ll do drone,” has the same ring to it.
When quadcopters started to take over the Tokyo skies, the police decided to fight fire with fire. Rather than shooting down these unidentified drones the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) equipped drones of their own with giant nets. If you can’t beat’em, join ’em!
Still in early development, Nixie is the first flyable and wearable camera! It might not be the most stylish piece of wearable tech, but it is pretty cool. Maybe this device will bring a much-anticipated death to the selfie stick.
Fire Fighting Drone
High-rise fires are a little more dangerous than your average house fire. To help combat these deadly flames, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a flying, wall-climbing and fire resistant drone named FAROS (Fireproof Aerial Robot System).
If you know anyone who’s spent a summer as a tree planter, they will tell you just how grueling the job is. Tracking up impossible terrain with equipment strapped to your back, and the bugs… oh the bugs. To help make the world a greener place a new startup came up with a genius idea. Meet DroneSeed, a company that provides services from planting to harvesting all by drone!
By far my favourite drone on the list. Thank you, Tom Mabe, for a real-life Dementor! Watch this drone propelled reaper wreak havoc on unsuspecting park goers. Even find out you can make your very own fear-inducing flying device.
Bridge Building Drone
Check out these bridge builders from the Swiss Federal Institute. The quadcopter trio was able to craft an actual suspension bridge. Props to the pilots–those were some pretty tricky maneuvers.
Seagull Poop Drone
They tell you that getting pooped on by a bird is good luck well now it might also be good for you. In an attempt to get kids to wear sunscreen, Nivea partnered with an ad agency to create a remote controlled seagull that “poops” sunscreen.
Taxidermy Cat Drone
Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should, right? Meet Bart Jansen. He makes drones out of dead animals. After his beloved cat, Orville passed away, rather than burying his pet he decided to bring it back to “life.” Jansen has since helped other flightless animals including a rat, shark, and an ostrich.