Drones are quickly finding application in a variety of ways and industries. However, considering how a drone works, most of you will agree that it is the open spaces where the drones are most useful and flying one indoor would be a stupid idea to say the least, right? A company, Eighty Nine Robots that has been founded by a group of students from Northwestern University disagrees. The company is planning to enable users to carry out a sweep of the interior from anywhere in the world by making use of Wi-Fi and an iOS or an Android device.
The drone that the company is working on is known as the Rook drone. It will work by connecting to the user’s home Wi-Fi and allows the user to remotely control the drone via smartphone. It can be used as an indoor flying security camera allowing the user to monitor and investigate any activity that might be considered abnormal.
For instance, the Rook can be used for checking up on pets or baby sitters and to confirm if a stove or iron has been turned off or whether the garage is closed or not. The applications surely are limitless, however, there’s one downside; the battery allows for only a flight time of 5 minutes. The company remains quite confident though and says that this is plenty of time for carrying out a sweep of most homes at least once a day.
To be on the safe side still, an automated charging dock will also completely recharge the Rook within an hour. This means that users can carry out a sweep after every hour – theoretically speaking. The company is amassing funds via Indiegogo campaign and you can pledge $99 for getting Rook that will be retailed at $200-$250. This is quite a less price when compared with drones that are intended for outdoor usage.
The Rook features soft blade guards for keeping the risk of damaging items to a bare minimum in case the drone runs into items at home. The shipping of the Rook is slated for December 2016 if all goes well. You should also check out DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program trying to make a drone fly indoors at 45mph and without the help from an operator.