Recently, a Connecticut teen was reported to have built a drone with a flamethrower attached to it so he could roast a turkey.

In recent times, in fact, drones have been used for a lot of applications, topping them is recreational aerial photography/videography and for the more commercially inclined drone enthusiasts,  aerial photography services – though still subject to FAA’s approval on a case to case basis.

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Not only are drones being used for taking captivating photos and videos, but also in making films. Just like the movie, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was filmed with the aid of an Aerigon drone.

“The Aerigon drone was able to fly at lower altitude than the helicopter, giving us more dramatic sweeping camera moves than we’d have been able to get otherwise,” explained Christopher Townsend, Production VFX Supervisor on the film. “It was quick and efficient to get it flying, with real-time visual feedback. The resulting footage was great, stable, and clean, which was an absolute necessity as we were using it as background plates, into which we added CG VFX elements.” – Read more at:

Here are the other top drone applications that are gaining wide popularity in different fields today.

Instruction Tool in STEM Education

Drones have become a much in-demand gadget, not only for recreation but also as a great instructional aid in STEM education to prepare the way for tomorrow’s drone-fueled economy.

Along with the drones come new jobs. According to Huffington Post, in the US alone, 70,000 new drone-related jobs are projected within the next three years; 100,000 new jobs are expected by 2025. In order to provide a trained workforce capable of meeting this demand, schools are already jumping in and offering drone programs and degrees. – Read more at

One interesting way a drone is used was in a third grade science class at the Fort Worth Academy (FWA), who wanted to do something different. […] the 3rd graders insisted on drones but instead of dropping contraptions the drone would be dropping the eggs and the 5th graders would build contraptions to attempt to catch the eggs. – Read more at:

Claw Egg Drop Mechanism

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Saving Lives

Advancing drone technology makes it possible for drones to come to the aid of emergency responders by providing photos of where to look for victims.
Murphy, a robotics professor and director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M University, sees special potential and value in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. “It acts like a plane. It’s smarter than a plane because it’s got all sorts of onboard electronics to let it do preprogram surveys. It takes pictures like on a satellite or a Mars explorer and then pulls those back together into a hyper-accurate map — a 3-D reconstruction,” Murphy said. – Read more at:

Hurricane Katrina saw the first deployment of drones in a disaster, setting the stage for such drone deployments worldwide — from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to the Nepal earthquake. The hurricane was a landmark for drone technologies, pivotal in their development for emergencies. – Read more at:

When drones were beginning to catch the interest of ordinary people, many would associate UAVs with military drones used in battlefields. Although mainly used in war zones for killing the enemy, war drones can also be used to save lives.

Last year, a student engineer gained recognition for his invention of a life-saving pod that can be attached to battlefield drones.
Entitled ‘Drone Compatible Medical Transportation Pod’, 17 year-old Cork Institute of Technology student James King’s project charts the conception and development of a transportation pod, christened ‘Medi-Pod’. King’s unique pod is designed to deliver critical medical supplies such as blood and organs, over large distances and to remote, inaccessible, natural disaster or war torn areas via aerial drone. There is currently no device like this on the market. – Read more at:

These are only some examples of how drones can be used for saving lives.

Aiding in Police Work

Drones can boost police search for criminal suspects, such as in this case, wherein police gave chase to a robbery suspect. The Middleton Fire Department offered the police an inflatable raft, together with a DJI Phantom 3 drone, so they could go after him.

American law enforcement is now integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the police force. In North Dakota, a recent bill allows for non-lethal drone use on police drones (for example, using rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray). – Read more at:

Watch out for more drone applications here soon.


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