DRONES! the podcast - Episode 14 - Trudeau orders blueberry lobsters by drone & California wildfires

by Derek Waleko Dec 14, 2017

Drones Used to Fight Epic Wildfires

  • The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is using drones for the first time to help fight epic wildfires that are threatening the city.

  • The drones will be used to scout for hot spots and also to survey property damage. It is great for the LAFD, because it saves them a lot of money.

  • Despite protests, the LAFD got approval in November to use drones and this is a perfect example of how they can help.

  • The recent northern and southern California wildfires are show drones can help and setting examples for the industry.


Remember: Register Your Drone


Drone art hovers over Miami

  • So now drones are art! Duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, known as Studio Drift are using 300 choreographed drones to make art in the skies above Miami.

  • The drones are controlled by a computer algorithm: a complex formula that changes when one of the parameters changes, resulting in “a flocking behavior that mimics what you can see in real birds in the sky. The art is supposed to explore the link between tech and nature.

  • Intel has gained a lot of attention for their Shooting Star drones light shows that have shown up to promote movies like Wonder Woman and even were used at last year's Lady Gaga Super Bowl show.


JD Has Drone Game

  • China's second largest online retailer has serious drone game. JD.com is already a leader in drone deliveries in China and now wants build 185 drone airports in Southwestern China to help improve logistics in rural China. JD's mission to satisfy the needs of Chinese consumers via drones doesn't stop in China.

  • They are not in talks with Canada to build a drone network across the maple-loving nation so fresh seafood and local produce like blueberries can be more quickly make their way across Canada to waiting cargo jets that will bring them to China.

  • The CEO of JD Richard Liu has already met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Beijing and discussed the concept of bringing the company's delivery drones to Canada.


The Go Home Drone

  • In Japan long work hour is such a problem, they have to design a drone to make workers go home.

  • A drone that hovers over Japanese employees blasting out strains of “Auld Lang Syne” — a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that a store is closing.

  • The machine recognizes its location on building floors without GPS. It takes off from its port, makes a surveillance flight on a pre-set path and then returns autonomously.

  • The drone service will cost $4,500 a month. Good god, that means companies are willing to create a budget to get their workers to go home.


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