Published on February 1st, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
AR Drone Technology That Can Help Save Lives
Some of the most innovative ideas come out of technology mashups such as this combination of augmented reality and drones. This article from Alice Bonasio at vrscout.com about a product from Edgybees explains how first responders can get real-time and life-critical information while at the same time maintaining a greater degree of safety. This tech mashup provides a win-win for both the rescue personnel and the people in danger.
First responders will be able to use drones equipped with augmented reality technology to better deal with emergency situations.
Image Credit (above): Edgybees
Drones have been getting a really bad rep as of late, especially in the United Kingdom where rogue operators managed to shut down operations at both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, effectively ruining Christmas for thousands of travelers and prompting widespread clamour for greater regulation against the easily obtainable devices.
Yet, like all technology, it’s not the hardware that’s the problem, but what you do while operating it; depending on the operator, any piece of technology can be a force for evil. Unfortunately, constant stories highlighting the the fear and annoyance quadcopters can cause while in the wrong hands have stolen the spotlight from all the life-saving applications that companies like Edgybees are working on.
Originally founded as AR video game enhancement software, Edgybees has since pivoted to a specialization in rescue drone technology that collects geospatial data and overlays information onto video feeds to bring emergency responders accurate information in real-time.
The San Diego-based start-up partnered with HCL Technologies to host a series of live demonstrations to world leaders at the recent World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. There, the team showcased their intelligent video drone software application in search and rescue operations during flood emergencies. The presentations were part of the HCL 2030 Ecosystem Platform, which explored how humanity’s relationship with technology will evolve through the next decade of rapid innovation.