WTKR reports on the potential of underwater drones. "The Navy's fleet of underwater ocean gliders is increasing, and the data they're collecting is critical for underwater forecasts that help with everything from diver safety to hurricane prediction. The Littoral Battlespace Sensing gliders are underwater unmanned systems that the Naval Oceanographic Office uses to collect environmental data like temperature, salinity, water clarity, and depth. In April of this year, the Naval Oceanographic Office had 50 ocean gliders patrolling at once, all under the command of military and civilian glider pilots at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on how police and fire departments are utilizing drone technology. "It provided an aerial view of the blaze, allowing firefighters to determine the most direct route to reach it, Sullivan said. A large TV monitor can broadcast the footage captured by the drones, allowing others to see the vantage point the pilot can see on a smaller monitor attached to the remote. The battalion chief was able to assess the fire and communicate with firefighters to 'put them right where they needed to be to make sure that fire was contained,' the sergeant said. Officials anticipate the drones will be used in other scenarios, such as crime scenes, search-and-rescue missions and SWAT incidents. The drones can be especially helpful when it is less practical or not possible to request the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter crew, Sullivan said."
PBS News Hour highlights five drone projects that have positive impacts on society. "When we think of drones, we often first think of the military. Last month, Google decided to not renew a Pentagon contract for an artificial intelligence program that aims to categorize drone strike targets, under pressure from employees who found it unethical. But a report released by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics in June, called 'Drones in the Service of Society,' offers a closer look at the potential of drone use in humanitarian aid efforts. 'When we have natural disasters, starving people in conflict, or emergency need for medicines, drones can come to the rescue,' said co-author Noel Sharkey. Drones are being used to deliver blood to hospitals in Rwanda, monitor oil pipelines and fight wildfires in California."
The Times-Tribune highlights a local drone-photography company called Access Aerial. "On average, Deangelis estimates that Access Aerial services between 20 to 30 clients a year, some big and some small. His aerial photography packages start at about $150 and increase in price based on the scope of the project. Certain projects have gone on for years, with some of those larger undertakings creeping into the $15,000-plus price range. 'The barrier to entry has dropped, but I believe the quality of our work speaks for itself,' Deangelis said. 'At the end of the day, business is about client relationships. We’ve worked with a lot of clients over the years now. They come back to us when they need stuff and word of mouth spreads, and business grows.'"
CNBC reports on the growing use of drone technology in construction work. "Drones have taken over the role of cumbersome and expensive planes that previously handled on-site aerial photography. While the devices can be outfitted to handle more advanced jobs like mapping and thermal heat imaging, Moret said the majority of drone work is to take aerial site photographs. 'When trouble arises, something got covered up, or when conditions change and we have to look at where something was, picture is worth a thousand words--and a thousand dollars,' he added."
The Wall Street Journal published an article that highlights Cleveland Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer's use of drone technology to help his pitching routine. "The idea behind my pitching repertoire is that I want to be able to attack batters on three different levels and I want every one of those pitches to look the exact same coming out of my hand before they all end up scattering to different parts of the strike zone. So I use an Edgertronic SC1 camera, which films up to 22,336 frames per second, to analyze how I release each pitch. I designed my two-seam, slider and change-up with it and I improved my curveball with it."