A combination of complex math and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) tecnnology, commonly known as drones, is the latest weapon in the battle against animal poaching.
NBC News reports that a group of experts from the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) from the University of Maryland have designed predictive analysis algorithms that is capable of determining when and where a poacher is likely to strike. They are claiming that these algorithms, when integrated into navigation systems on consumer drones, have a 93 percent accuracy and may stop poachers dead in their tracks.
UMIACS, working alongside non-profit group the Lindbergh Foundation, is now raising money via IndieGoGo to launch an initiative called ?Air Shepherd,? which will provide the training as well as technology ?to rangers in various countries? state parks in Africa.
As you can see in this latest development, drones aren’t just for film crews and paparazzi anymore. Nowadays these tiny flying objects are not limited to the military and online retail companies. You can now get your own and use it to record your family?s vacations, secure your home, or just quench that techy thirst inside you and use it for fun.
When choosing the best drone, there are a few things to consider. These include battery life, camera quality, and of course the budget. More importantly, you need to be familiar with the safety guidelines for flying model aircraft first before you make a purchase. Having said those, here are the best drones to buy in the market right now.
Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider
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This mini drone from Parrot is a small, handheld compact drone that can fly up to a range of 20 meters. It can reach speeds of up to 11 mph and great for both indoor and outdoor flying. The MiniDrone Rolling Spider can be manipulated through your smartphone’s Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It can also take pictures at a resolution of 300,000 pixels.
Turbo Ace Matrix
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The Turbo Ace Matrix is probably the granddaddy of all drones–it?s made for professional grade filming and photography. This flying gadget has 1-meter wingspan and triple carbon fibre deck build. It has an incredible range of 1.2 miles and can stay in the air for 25 minutes courtesy of its 8,000mAh battery. The drone?s body even folds down for easy transport and comes with an 8-inch monitor so you can see what the flight camera feeds back in real-time.
Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
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If you’re looking for a cheap but worthy drone then the Blade Nano QX RTF is your best bet. It offers a great selection of features if you want to enjoy flying model aircraft without spending a lot. This drone is?made with exclusive SAFETM technology with stability and agility modes. ?Prices start under $100 for the basic, no-frills model. The Blade Nano QX RTF is faster and more maneuverable than other cheaper models out there, but it?s durable enough and can stay intact even if you accidentally crash it on a tree.