Ever look at your drone and wish you had an all-in-one helipad, charger and linking station to put it in? Well if you have, you're in luck. If you haven't, read on and you might quickly change your mind. The Dronebox from H3 Dynamics is a step toward completely autonomous drones which can perform tasks either as part of a schedule or on request.
The Dronebox houses a drone, opening up when required and raising its platform to allow for an easy take-off. The drone then carries out whatever task it has been assigned, such as reconnaissance or a structural inspection, before automatically landing back on top of the box. Once inside, the drone is recharged and made ready for the next flight, whilst the data is has taken from the field is transmitted back to a central operator.
So what problems does the Dronebox actually solve? Well for starters it provides a permanent base for your drone. It's like a dog house but so much more. As well as giving you a permanent drone presence in your desired location, the Dronebox acts as a pad for launch, landing and a recharging station. This means that you can leave a drone in a permanent state of standby, scheduling regular inspections of infrastructure, crops or even using it as part of a surveillance team.
Once fully 'nested', the drone uploads all of its data into the Dronebox's CPU. This is then transmitted wirelessly, meaning you can get regular information from remote locations and hard-to-reach areas, automatically.
This kind of all-encompassing solution appears to be the way forward in connecting drones both to each other and to a wider Internet of Things. A team of autonomous drones working together as part of a larger swarm is a sure way to get an inspection or search done quickly and efficiently, while the ability to recharge and be maintained within the Dronebox could further lessen our involvement in processes destined to become automatic.
In reality the Dronebox is a high-tech solution to problems unlikely to be faced by recreational drone users. But if you're using drones for commercial purposes, or considering doing so, this is an innovative step in the right direction.