With drones called "eBees", a company out of Switzerland called SenseFly has taken on the monumental task of creating a 3D map of Matterhorn.
Why a 3D map of the Swiss mountain? To put it simply, the head of SenseFly says, “We want above all to demonstrate what our devices are capable of achieving in the extreme conditions that are found at high altitudes.” With that explanation, what better place than the iconic peak? Much like the 3D rendering of the Tower of Pisa, the image generated by these small drones is nothing short of spectacular.
Weighing in at less than a paltry kilogram, the eBees have the ability to go places and do things that it would take much more time and manpower when using traditional methods.
Collects aerial photography of 1-10sqkm in a single flight at down to 5cm precision.
The eBee has a flight time of up to 45 minutes allowing to cover areas of up to 10sqkm in a single flight. With its 16MP camera it can shoot aerial imagery at down to 3cm/pixel resolution. The images can then be used to create maps and elevation models with a precision of 5cm.
While it is unlikely these drones will be flying around the country with regularity any time soon (we hope), just imagine how quickly things like Google Maps could be updated. No more driving the car around, send out the eBees and within a matter of hours, you have new images to update with. Perhaps even the autonomous car could benefit!
Whether or not these drones make their way into our everyday lives, it is still cool to see what they are capable of.