There are two distinct types of Drone controllers and frankly I struggle with one of them. While I certainly have been playing video games for years, I am not as intuitive as my children are with the controllers. Based on that the virtual controls of some drones just don’t work for me. I do much better with a flying yoke than with the virtual controller.
What this speaks of is the reality of the consumer market. You have people on both ends of the market in terms of abilities and comfort. I am not as comfortable with the virtual controls. I know, because I played with them extensively trying to become more effective with them.
The other thing is the reality of the fixed camera. While I understand why the camera is fixed to the drone, I think the first drone that allows for a true camera tripod mount will be very successful. Why? Because it is going to allow people to expand their drone’s capabilities.
Today you can get a number of different kinds of cameras that support the tripod mount. It gives you the flexibility to have infrared, sonar and 3d laser cameras on your drone. This gives you a much bigger capability set. For example an engineering firm can you 3d laser mapping to produce both an aerial and topographical map of a specific location. You can use sonar and infrared imaging to see what is going on with greater detail.
The reason you use a drone is you aren’t limited to what you can lift into the air on a crane. You aren’t limited by the presence of water and you aren’t limited by debris.
Solar installation companies can use Drones to do a visual survey of a roof. You don’t have to send a person up for that survey. Insurance companies can post hail storms use drones to quickly survey an entire neighborhood. Certainly skipping those hosues that are not currently their customers.
I’ve talked before about using 3d mapping (laser systems) for road repair crews. Run the drones at night when there is low traffic so you know where the pot holes are.
The functionality offered by moving to the standard shared tripod mount is phenominal. Fixed or permantently attached cameras offer some capabilites that you would need to make sure the tripod connection was secure for the camera or device mounted.
Scienctists, surveyors, highway crews, solar installation crews and insurance companies would all benefit from the ability to quickly change out what device you had on the drone. Power companies that do use surveys could quickly give you an infrasred image of your roof (to see where you need more insulation). The potential is amazing and hopefully this change happens soon!