A multirotor was developed by the Teheran based RTS Labs that is able to take off from a boat and drop flotation aids to people in distress in sea water.
From the site:
“Pars is an Aerial robot designed and made for saving human lives. The first purpose of building the robot is the relief of people drowning near coastlines. By developing its applications, it can be used in ships and off shore reliefs. It can also be used in other applications such as monitoring of marine and off shore structures, recording films and pictures from dangerous path ways for rescue missions, precise positioning. One of the features of this robot is Ability to save more than one life in a mission it can also track its path by GPS positioning and at the end of its mission it can come back home without the need of user guidance.”
Here are some pictures from the RTS Labs site:
The level of autonomy of the machine is probably still limited at the moment, from what can be understood from the web site. The inventors state:
“It’s noteworthy to mention that this robot is designed for the first time and can make a huge revolution in robot applications for saving human lives.”
And here is a video that illustrates the capabilities of PARS.
Tech inclined father Paul Wallich has built a personal drone to follow, everyday, his kid to the bus stop. The quadcopter (or childcopter) follows a GPS tracker that the kid alway carry along on the way to school.
Finally finished the setup of the DJI Flamewheel F450 and went out for a first flight test very early in the morning at the park, with the idea to avoid kids.
Love kids but I feel that at this stage (of my flying skills), it could be dangerous for them, as they tend to come close to see the strange flying thing and are totally unaware of the possible dangers, those rotating propellers are like blades.
I discovered that dogs, that are indeed at the park early in the morning, are as curious as kids:
Anyway it was my very first flight with a NAZA quadcopter, and it took a few tries to take off because of my poor acquaintance with the settings and led light codes. The quadcopter needs GPS calibration, entirely forgot about that. Then, in atti and atti GPS modes, the throttle becomes effective only after the midpoint, which was kind of misleading to me. At the end, all was good. Took a couple of short videos while the quad was locked in GPS mode, holds the position beautifully. Video is very short as I did not really trust the quad in this very first flight. Here you go:
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