7 Cool Applications For Drones

Here at M7 Virtual, we use our drones for all sorts of business applications, whether it’s for sport 360 video production, tourism, travel, recruitment or something more commercial… but it’s always interesting to see what other applications these fun little unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have and how other people are using them. Have a look below to see just how useful drones can be!


All sorts of brands have been pioneering the use of drones for parcel deliveries, like Amazon Prime Air, Airbus, Zipline, UPS… they’re all in on it. You can also now even have your takeaway delivered by drone – last year, the London Evening Standard reported that some foodies in Reykjavik can now order food and beer online and have it delivered to them by drone. Amazing!

Table service

Interestingly, drones are also now being used in place of waiters and waitresses in restaurants and bars. Take a look at this Cnet article about Singapore restaurant Timbre, which is using a fleet of drones to show just how reliable they can be for delivering food. Or what about this Daily Mail piece on a pop-up drone café at the Eindhoven University of Technology where drinks were served by Blue Jay, a drone that looked rather like a small white flying saucer.

Sheep herding

Drones have also been used around the world to herd lots of sheep, with this now being seen in New Zealand to great effect.

Tracking animals

Last year, the New York Times reported that drones are being used in Africa to help tackle the growing poaching crisis, utilising them at night which is when most poachers are active. Because few parks are able to carry out proper patrols at night, drones can help to plug the gaps and keep these precious animals safe from harm.

Atmospheric research

NASA has been sending UAVs up into the stratosphere to help protect the earth from harmful UV radiation. Monitoring equipment on the drone will help facilitate studies into how changes in water vapour in the stratosphere can have an impact on the global climate.

Disaster relief

Drones have been used to great effect during disasters, whether it’s delivering much-needed medication and vaccines to remote areas and disaster zones or entering radiation zones where it would be too dangerous for humans to go.

Seaside plastic problems

According to iNews, the Plastic Tide project is now using drones to help volunteers devise a map of the UK’s seaside plastic waste problem, monitoring how it changes over time. The biggest sources of pollution have been found to be plastic bottles and tops, fishing tackle, straws, cotton buds and wet wipes.

As you can see, there’s a huge range of applications for drones and it seems that the only limit is your imagination. If you’d like to find out more about this kind of technology, get in touch with us today.

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