One of our favorite drone video producers is the Russian company Timelab Pro. Armed with a DJI Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X7 camera, the team travels the world to capture the most beautiful aerial shots everywhere. For their latest drone video, they visited the beautiful Romandy region of Switzerland. The team also made drone shots of the Swiss city of Geneva.
Volunteer drone pilots have helped save hundreds of young deer in Europe, but many more could be saved if more drones with thermal cameras would be used.
In partnership with Intel, a team of researchers from the University of Zurich has enabled autonomous drones to fly complicated maneuvers using only onboard sensors and AI.
As we all know drone technology is advancing rapidly. One of the best-known examples is perhaps from Skydio with the introduction of the Skydio R1 drone two years go and more recently the Skydio 2 drone. These unmanned aircraft fly almost completely autonomously and avoid obstacles like no other drone can do. Today, however, the engineers from the ETH Zürich show us a tilting, rotating and omnidirectional drone. You’ll have to see it to believe how this drone can move through the air.
In the Swiss Alps, the meadows are mowed from early May to mid-July. Each year about 1,500 fawns are accidentally killed in the process as the animals hide in the tall grass. Drone pilot, Livio Son uses his unmanned aircraft that is outfitted with a thermal camera to spot the fawns before the mowers come out. Son saves the animals from an agonizing death and the farmers from a traumatic experience.
Last week, a dog that had been missing for 6 days was found by a drone team on a steep cliff in the Swiss Alps, near Levron / Val de Bagnes. The drone that was outfitted with a thermal camera played a crucial role in locating the missing pet on an inaccessible cliff several hundred feet high. The owner and dog were ecstatic upon being reunited. Drones for good!