Dad! My drone is stuck on the roof. Again

The first drone summer is here, with drones taking to the air in large volumes. With this development we will see a number of new phenomena – a kind of digital transformation of previously analog problems. And much of this transition will involve moving drones on and off the roof.


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For industry professionals dealing with roofs, drones are an attractive new tool. Inspections of roofs in hail and thunderstorm-hit areas can be done from the ground. A drone can be sent up for basic inspections of damage, a job that previously required a physical visit. In addition to simplifying the work, there is significant risk elimination, as people won’t have to climb on steep roofs.

Drones also open up new opportunities for news reporting. Previously the photographer had to be close to the camera and could only tell parts of the story. Now a drone can be sent up and give new perspectives on complex news scenes.

Farmers have got new opportunities to promote the beauty of their cultivations as well. Dutch tulip farms were first out. But drones will not only show the beauty of the landscape when it is dry but can also be used to inspect damage from heavy rain.

Last but not least, drones are a highly desired toy for the younger generation. Anything that flies tends to fascinate kids. In the past it was the kite that created the excitement: the art of getting it up in the first place, navigating it once it was up, and then bringing it down safely. Dad was often in great demand, helping get the kite down from trees and roofs.

With the interest shifting to drones, there is a greater risk of them getting stuck in places where you don’t want them to be. A new task for dads this summer will be to apply old kite-rescuing skills to retrieving drones from roofs, trees, light-poles and overhead wires. Get ready for some excitement in this category once you purchase your drone.

My predictions on the future applications for drones:

  • The professional market will find a variety of drone applications to reduce time and risk in existing job activities.
  • Completely new professional opportunities will be opened up as drones can go where cameras can’t.
  • The action camera mounted to a person has taken us by storm but the action camera is ready to leave both the object and the photographer.
  • Drones are the 21st century’s kites that will continue to fascinate our kids, who live in the Orwell brothers’ world of flight.
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