EDUCATION + Drones & Robotics = DIY SOLUTIONS
Millions of kids grow up in remote villages. There's risk of going out to collect water and wood, especially after dark, because there's no way to track or map where militias and warlords are torching homes in your area. The fear can be eased with information and support, provided by a mix of humans and drones.
Drones provide a way to draw fire and attention away from civilian populations while presenting a potential threat. Equipping drones with many types of true and disguised or false capacities creates a flying smokescreen that can operate like a human shield.
By flying low to the ground drones can be used to intimidate potential threats while assessing theirfirepower. As the cost of drone replacement can be much lower thanlosing human lives, humans will learn to support DIY Drones in their community to add to the smokescreen of airborne protection agents. Less than 1 in 100 drones need to include any weaponry as long as all of the drones look like they could be used in any number of ways.
Drone and Robot Camps within villages and existing refugee camps can provide a hands-on learning opportunity, a mobile makerspace to work with autonomous and controlled vehicles with existing DIYDrones architecture and emerging drone programmingplatforms that will be open and available later this year. Short term guests to the region can teach groups that can then go out and workwith villagers in more remote areas to set up communications support and basic ability to work with the drones for emergency drops and incident intervention. A mobile innovation lab unit within a container can be utilized for ongoing training support and travelwithin a large region with a small staff ofengineer/maker/programmers providing the initial education to supportprotection agents. See container prototypes at http://pinterest.com/amoration/ID8
Emergency drops of medicine, tablets and communications equipment into prone regions
Ability to wirelessly monitor situations in remote areas by air, with visibility night or day
Synchronized unarmed systems can be used to form drone shields to draw fire and reduce the amount of ammunition available for use against civilian populations
Solar drones allow for long term monitoring in automated patrol groups, providing ongoing intel in regions hard to reach by vehicles without risking human lives
Communications equipment and tablets can be utilized for future emergencies, learning and educational exchanges along with media capture as needed
Educational access and opportunities to create local protection and delivery services by utilizing new and existing technologies in a new context
FLYING ROBOTIC STRENGTHS:
* Ability to capture media and wirelessly monitor situations in remote areas by air, with visibility night or day
* Light cargo can be delivered up to 10 miles away (tablets, comm, medicine) by small DIY drones
* Drones provide a safer way to draw fire and attention away from civilian populations while presenting a unknown threat, a shield of mysterious capabilities
* Choreographed flights can look like air shows and can include LED lighting and unique inspiring art maneuvers, creating well-lit safe zones and inspiring technological opportunities
* Equipping drones with many types of true and disguised or false capacities creates a flying smokescreen that can operate to shield human targets. Smokescreens can be projected on to send messages via video to groups....video floating in the sky.
* By flying low to the ground drones can buzz to intimidate and slow down potential threats while assessing their firepower
* Seedbombing areas to grow new crops in neighboring regions can happen in tandem with monitor flights
* Environmental testing in hard-to-reach or contaminated areas is much easier to undertake - water and soil samples can be gathered by drones in unsafe areas for humans
* DIY and testing patterns allow for emergency capacity building, preparing for supplies up to a few tons to be delivered by large drones into hard-to-reach areas after disaster or conflict
* Drones currently lack battery and solar power capacities for long distance flights with cargo
* As the cost of drone replacement can be much lower than losing human lives, humans will want to learn to support the DIY Drones in their community to add diversity to the skies.
* Regulations will take time and be difficult to maintain across borders and materials may be hard to come by for the first few years.
* Power and payload capacities need to increase to allow for useful medical applications or airlifting out - needs local experimentation in community
* Drones will be used by all sides in any conflict as resources are stolen and repurposed.
* Capabilities and intimidating external design may vary depending on interest and capacity
* Politically challenging in some areas and may cause internal disruption unless seeded from grassroots movements with significant traction (popping up everywhere at once)