Raffaello D’Andrea’s Masterful TED Presentation In Vancouver
During a recent TED Talk, drones Canada quite literally assumed center stage. Talented Raffaello D’Andrea, a noted expert in the developing technology of airborne robotics, thrilled audiences with a flamboyant presentation highlighting the capabilities of tiny flying machines. He displayed several impressive research models.
The craft on display ranged from a “tailsitter” hovering proto-aircraft to two single-propeller driven “monospinners”. The delighted gathering reacted in amazement when the speaker showed everyone a symmetrical cube enclosing eight linked propellers. This complex “omnicopter” drone possesses the ability to fly through space in any direction and to tip and hover at all angles. Raffaello D’Andrea concluded his presentation with a stunning example of the artistic potential of a fleet of tiny mini drones to use space as a canvas for exercises showcasing illuminated flying sculptures and shifting patterns. His TED Talk earned resounding applause.
A Lucrative Industry
Dr. D’Andrea told the audience that very soon, the developing drone field will give birth to a multi-billion dollar industry, as human beings embrace the potential capabilities of drones more fully. In the beginning of his discussion, a TED presentation delivered in Vancouver, he showed brief video clips of drones assembling a structure and cooperating to wind cords together. He noted that these machines, which once appealed mainly to hobbyists, currently also attract the interest of journalists, environmentalists, inspectors and film industry photographers.
Based on his discussion, Canadian viewers should anticipate a variety of serious drone applications gaining wider attention during the next decade. Dr. D’Andrea did not discuss potential applications of the new technology in detail. Yet viewers can easily envision many practical uses for drones based on his demonstration.
As the capacity of drones to enhance safety and safeguard environmental resources grows clearer, perhaps these flying machines will soon perform a wide array of useful tasks in Canada. Some constructive potential applications include:
- Helping park police catch wildlife poachers;
- Assisting filmakers in shooting panoramic film footage more cost-effectively;
- Monitoring endangered bird populations without disturbing nests;
- Locating stranded hikers and avalanche victims more quickly;
- Transporting emergency supplies, bandages and blood tests;
- Aiding fire officials in spotting fires burning in remote locations to permit more rapid fire suppression;
- Offering spectacular special effects at concerts;
- Helping homeowners conduct preliminary roof damage inspections after a storm from the ground.
These, and many more, intriguing uses of drones will likely gain wider popularity in the near future.
Prepare For Changes
Canada’s nascent drone industry holds great potential to transform many fields during the next few years. Already, this new industry presents tantalizing prospects for important innovations.
Here’s a the full video:
Drones in the presentation are provided by Dr. Drone