In the event of an emergency it can be a case of life or death if the ambulance doesn’t arrive fast enough. But Delft University of Technology graduate Alec Momont says his new ambulance drone could be the answer. Travelling up to 10 times faster than a traditional ambulance, it is equipped with its own defibrillator and is guided by the mobile phone of the person assisting the patient. The drone would also incorporate a two-way video channel that operators could use to assess the situation and provide advice to responders attending the accident.
“Drones are always limited in their battery life, but since we are flying so fast and come to the location at that high speed and it lands, we actually only use five percent of the battery. So, that’s also why we are able to draw so much power from the battery so that it is able to fly this fast,” says Alec Momont.
While it still only exists as a prototype, Momont hopes that with tests underway, the drone could be produced commercially within five years.
New wristband drone produces the ultimate selfie
Taking the ultimate selfie – have you never wished your arm was just that bit longer when taking a picture of yourself and your friends?
Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a wristband that morphs into a flying camera.
All the wearer needs to do is press a button to unlock the band before flicking the quadcopter into the air.
The drone tracks the user’s movements using motion sensors, shoots the photos or video, then flies back to its owner like a boomerang. The brains behind the invention is himself an avid rock-climber, and hopes that it will soon become a must-have for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Expected to initially cost a bit more than a GoPro video camera, the Nixie could see its price drop if sales take off.