Thanks to their unique technology, drones are pushing the boundaries of education and scientific research. In this blog article, we give you an overview on the subject.
We all know how fun it is to play with drones. However, drones can also be used in more serious matters: for educational or research purposes. Drones have indeed many positive aspects in education, and it remains true at all stages of schooling.
Check out what the Centre Pompidou, one of the most prestigious cultural center in Paris did with the Parrot MiniDrones!
Learning visual programming with Tickle and MiniDrones
In a more technical area, drones provide a fun way to illustrate a notion or motivate students to find interest in programming. A new app has recently been released on the Apple store : Tickle, a visual programming App for the Rolling Spider, which provides a first programming experience. Read our tutorial to learn how to use Tickle!
AR.Drone Research Projects
Students and researchers all around the world are using drones to conduct research. Watch our dedicated YouTube playlist to learn more!
In 2013, researchers from the prestigious Télécom ParisTech and EURECOM launched a research program called Drone4u. Their goal is “to bring new capabilities to drones, in particular to low-cost drones such as the ARDrone from Parrot.”
Their main target: autonomous navigation of drones inside buildings. As they explain on their site: “Drones usually navigate by going from one GPS position to another one. That kind of navigation is obviously restricted to areas where the GPS signal is strong, and where the needed position precision is around a few meters. Therefore, GPS-based navigation cannot be used inside buildings. To navigate inside buildings, we have proposed vision-based algorithms in order to automatically understand the environment, so that drones can take navigation decisions on their own (= autonomous navigation).”
Hack the MiniDrones!
Besides being a technological innovation in and of itself, drones also foster creative uses of existing techniques.
During Hackillinois 2015, the hackathon organized by the University of Illinois, 950 hackers gathered to work on 180 projects in a 36 hour event. Two teams decided to use the Jumping Sumo to demonstrate what they were capable of. Watch these students control the MiniDrone with hand gesture thanks to the Myo armband!
If you are the proud owner of a Jumping Sumo, you can use the Road Plan feature to program you drone to follow a certain path.
Read our tutorial to learn how to program a choreography with your MiniDrone!
Finally, if you are a developer, we strongly encourage you to test our SDK out and share your thoughts with us.
Drones hold considerable educational and research promise. We ought to see more of them in school classes in the future. There are so much great projects out there that we can’t cover them all in this article.