Drones are the newest technological toy that has become more than just a trend in America — it has become a hobby and a part of everyday life. From the police in major metropolitan cities training their officers to use them in reconnaissance missions to major distribution companies creating pilot programs to deliver packages to customers, drones are now a common commodity.
But did you know how exactly you can use drones in your personal life? The possibilities are endless, but for the sake of this article, let’s keep it to the most popular hobbies that drones are used for. Keep in mind this list isn’t complete, but it’s a great way to get your imagination going on what you could do with a drone.
Hobbies Now Taking Flight
We all have hobbies — writing, reading, gardening, sports — that we love to engage in when we have time to ourselves. Now drones can help us magnify some of our favorite hobbies, or help us try new ones, as you’ll see down below.
Drone racing is a relatively new concept, but it’s gathering popularity here in America. And with the formation of the Drone Racing League, this hobby is also gaining traction elsewhere, with championships taking place in the States and worldwide.
Drone racing can be done indoors or outside, with a single pilot or a group of pilots, and focuses on both the speed of the drone and the agility of its pilot. Some drone courses are more challenging than others, of course, which is why drone racing leagues also offer training programs and courses for beginners. If this sounds like it’s right up your alley, check on social media to find a racing group near you!
One of the most common ways drones are used is photography. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you because drones have been used in military surveillance for years, but now the trend is coming to your neighborhood, so get on board!
Aerial photography is done by attaching a small camera to the drone that can take pictures when controlled through a laptop or a remote control. The results are incredibly beautiful landscape photographs of both the countryside and the city. It can even lead to some of the best aerial photographers getting jobs with huge companies.
Carrying Items or Delivering Packages
Does the idea of collecting or delivering things with a drone sound a little strange to you? Don’t worry if it does, because it’s a relatively new concept. But with large companies getting behind the idea, it makes sense that you’d want to try it too. We have even seen a video of a larger drone carrying a chainsaw which was used to cut limbs in the highest reaches of trees! You are limited by your budget and imagination at this point.
One of the best things about drones is that they’re relatively simple and can be hacked, or DIYed, to suit your needs. Whether you’re going to be racing your drone or using it to capture aerial photographs, you can create both a drone and a ground control station to suit your needs.
There are a lot of DIY drone videos available, with each popular hobby having a tutorial to start you off on the right track. And because more and more people are purchasing drones, it’s becoming easier to find beginner videos on the subject.
Remote Control or Laptop?
DIYing a drone for your hobby is relatively straightforward, but if you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, try your hand at creating your own control station on a laptop. This will give you better control over the drone while in the air, and the use of a laptop is a great way to keep track of the weather and your flight path, all while keeping all your information recorded for you to look over later.
Drones give us all a new range of possibilities and can be a great hobby. Also, because drones are now being zoned in most cities for personal use, your hobby can take to the skies. Happy flying!
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