Let's face it - most of us can't help but wonder what the next big trend in the drone market will be. As soon as they were presented to the market, drones have made huge waves and have proven to be a real game-changer in many industries.
From farming to real estate, surveillance to event marketing, drones are no longer a trend - they are an invaluable tool to many industries. But will they stick to these markets or will they start disrupting other industries as well?
As the technology progresses drones will undoubtedly complete transform many other industries. Here are the top 5 drone trends we should all be looking out for this year.
1. The Selfie Drone Market
As odd and unbelievable as it may sound, selfies are linked to a lot of markets, just like drones. The selfie drone market, however, is determined to also succeed. It will be driven by small, portable drones that are easy to use and designed to capture the perfect moment.
2. Manned Heli-Drones
Imagine a future where you jump into a drone and are automatically flown to a location of your choice. No pilot training, no license needed.
Sound like science fiction? Believe it or not these drones are already in existence! Ever since CES 2016, we have been hearing a lot about the EHANG 184 and their idea of a passenger drone that is designed to carry people over short distances. Some know it as the aerial version of Uber - and other define it as the future of transportation. Already in final stages of testing, the EHANG manned drone is almost ready for primetime.
3. Modular Drones
Many companies have shifted to modularity in their product development cycles. From smartphones to laptops, the idea of customizing your own device is exciting and desired by many people. Both DJI (with the Inspire series) and GoPro with its Karma model have made moves towards modularity in the drone industry. Adding new cameras or sensors with a quick release system allows customers to upgrade without having to buy entirely new systems for every payload.
4. Advanced Resolution
Ever since the introduction of drones in professional industries and marketplaces, manufacturers realized that the need for image and video resolution will always grow.
In other words, the professional drone users will always need enhanced features - which is why a lot of companies in 2017 have shifted to better technologies and invested a lot in lenses that bring out the best quality and attention to detail. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro and its 4K UHD (ultra HD) and 20MP sensor is a strong example of excellent resolution and video capability in a very affordable consumer drone.
5. VR & AR For Architecture And Engineering
Virtual reality and augmented reality are not just terms linked to gaming. Drones are actually a rapidly growing factor in these technologies as well, especially when it comes to industries like architecture and engineering.
For example, a drone can be sent to a construction site to get a virtual tour of the progress or shoot images that can be overlaid in CAD Civil Engineering software. The difference can give architects and engineers a solid idea of possible site issues and let them correct it before the construction begins. It can also present potential clients with a georeferenced and accurate view of (for example) the 14th floor of a new hotel.
A Final Word
Like it or not, drones are changing the world - one 'buzz' at a time. From the estimated number of commercial drones (600,000 by end of 2018) to the total number of drones currently registered for commercial use (approximately 200,000) - it is safe to say that the world is embracing these aerial devices and drones are here to stay.