The Use of Drones in Disney’s Theme Parks

As the years go by, manned systems are slowly being wiped out. The perfection and smoothness in motion, achieved by a programmed robot, will always win over a hand handled arrangement. No matter what genre of entertainment it is, automated machines always prove to be either compulsory, or helpful. Parks are a huge source of entertainment, but how can the motion of a programmed robot be used in an amusement park?

Disney’s theme parks have always been wonderful, with attractions filled with fantasy, thrilling rides, and loveable characters. Interestingly, they could soon add to their parks with another toy – at least that’s how they are using them – the drones. They can be used to hold projection screening systems, control attractive aerial lighting displays, and most importantly, to move giant three dimensional animated puppets.

Disney’s patent applications, filed in 2013, gave the excited fans a little idea of how the drones could be used, in an effort to improve the quality of the entertainment the park offers. The most outstanding one of these was the idea to control the puppets in a whole new way.

The patent gives the picture, as to how the puppets could swing in the middle air, moving according the creatively choreographed routine of the drones. They further described, that a specific flight plan will be set for them, in which they will move, with sensors to acknowledge them of the presence of a nearby drone, avoiding collisions. Moreover, drones could handle puppet shows that are on a much bigger scale, with larger animated structures and characters. With the flawless settings of the show, it could be a completely magical, super-sized display.

As far as the drones’ intelligence is concerned, they have stated that it would be enough to overcome any minor disturbance that could tingle with the movements. For example, a gust of wind comes waving by, it could destroy the whole show if adequate precautions had not been taken. However, the drones will be programmed to synchronize their movements accordingly against the wind, to maintain the flow of the puppet movements.

The patent states that this will act as a significant reform in the movements of vital flying characters, which were usually suspended with balloons filled with hot air, having minimal and/or awkward motion in any moveable part. However, the drones will control any character, in the desired manner. Disney’s expectations are high and same goes for the people who are anxiously waiting for the technology to reach the public market to film using drones.

Air Traffic System For The Drones

NASA is busy working on complicated air traffic systems solely with regards to drones – or any aircraft that chooses to fly below 400ft. Drones have now become a means for commercial business – people have started engaging this unmanned autonomous robot for deliveries and the like.

With such an advent, more and more people are apt to send drones soaring into the sky – for both consumer and commercial reasons – and measures need to be taken to secure the future possibilities. The said system is to include requirements that will stop drones from flying into other aircraft and buildings, not excluding the classic no-fly zones.

Parimal H. Kopardekar, a principal investigator from NASA, explained the vitality of this system while speaking to the New York Times. He said that they (the drones) could be kept safe one at a time, but that there is no infrastructure to support it when you have a number of them (drones) in operation in the same airspace.

The point to be noted here is that the system, for the time being, will have no direct communication with an off-the-shelf drone and that it is essentially designed for the control of commercial drones. Google’s “Wing” Project and Amazon Prime Air are examples of said commercial drones.

The principal concern in question is that of security and privacy. As the number of people sending drones up into the sky increase, a red-light of doubt and uncertainty blinks – what will stop the amateur drone operators from not descending into chaos? What will make sure that these autonomous flying aircrafts do not cause mischief and collateral damage at that? Drones are unmanned – they might be subject to remote operation or solely rely on their embedded plans that work in conjunction with GPS?

Since drones are unmanned, it all comes down to the people operating them. And the idea of a lot of people operating a lot of drones from a faraway land is not a pleasant one. What guarantee is there that these people might not use drones for means that are other than commercial? What guarantees safety and privacy? With the snowballing ratio of terrorist groups the concern expressed by Kopardekar is more significant and substantial. What ails us is the fear of the unknown – the uncertainties of what tomorrow will bring for us with these drones freely flying in the sky above us.

Delivery by Drones – Google Jumps into the Bandwagon

Late on Thursday, Google announced that its advanced research system, “Google X” has been involved in testing drones to deliver goods. This is somewhat similar to what Amazon tried to do last year, however without any significant progress. According to the company, it had been testing in the manner aforesaid for quite a few years, and has now a new team leader, Dave Vos, who is an expert in automating systems for aviation for the job.

The company delivered chocolate bars, cattle vaccines and dog treats among other packages to two farmers in a research project last year in Queensland. A 1.5m-wide (5ft) mono-wing drone prototype, with 4 propellers that move into dissimilar directions to reach different levels of flight, was engaged to do the said delivery.

As for the delivery itself, Google brainstormed for methods – even considering parachutes like the Capitol in the Hunger Games did to the participants – but then recalled that it might prove injurious as people might get too close to it while receiving their packages. Google, in the Australian experiment, settled for a kind of fishing line that would be lowered to the recipients from 150 feet above the ground for the job.

Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods – including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today. Throughout history, major shifts in how we move goods from place to place have led to new opportunities for economic growth and generally made consumers’ lives easier. From steam ships to the railroads, from the postal service to delivery services like FedEx and DHL, speed has reshaped society not only with greater convenience but also by making more goods accessible to more people. –Google.

Commercial drones are, however, banned in the US. Amazon and some others are petitioning the FAA to ease the rules and FAA approved the first commercial drone flight in June. Google also underlined countries like Bhutan which uses drones to deliver medical supplies in Nambia and WWF using them to spot poachers.

The US, however, and others, is concerned about safety and privacy. Last year some amateur drone operators were accused of interloping with firefighters in a forest. Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief or Wired magazine and the now chief executive and co-founder of drone maker 3-D Robotics said that he expects heavy restrictions on the usage of drones.

It is significant for the sake of every individual to develop aviation laws for these modern devices as soon as possible. Mainly because they are currently free to fly almost everywhere, which is a very sensitive threat to the public privacy.

While on the other hand, soon the air will have lesser space to offer since every major company is following the lead of others to meet the latest technical marketing strategies; at that stage it will be hard to avoid aerial accidents amongst these flying robots. We have evolved enough to foresee the matter hence the laws should also be defined beforehand to avoid as many intrusions and accidents as possible.