05 Aug Drone that can paint your house better than you can
A drone can probably paint your house better than you can — and it won’t end up falling off the ladder.
Florida-based startup Apellix developed a prototype unmanned aerial system that can potentially paint homes or ships, apply chemicals, or pressure wash windows. It’s called the “Worker Bee.”
“Drones can do more than gather data, take pictures, and deliver packages,” Dahlstrom said. “They can do real work.”
For its prototype, Apellix flies a quad-copter connected to a base station and paint materials via an umbilical cord and tether. The small drone can then paint evenly on a surface, opening a large opportunity for industrial painting of skyscrapers or ships in dry dock — which normally requires about four days and 30 people setting up scaffolding before they get started.
Apellix wants the drone to take over, which removes the need for scaffolding. And it’s also focused on worker safety, since at least 95 climbers working on cell or other towers have died since 2004. “We develop technologies to keep workers safe,” said Dahlstrom.
It’s a unique new use case for drones, which most associate with military intelligence and targeting operations. The unmanned aircraft are increasingly being used in farming, emergency search and rescue, and overseeing construction. A 2013 report says the civilian drone industry could generate upwards of $82 billion over the next decade.
Besides painting buildings, there are other potential uses: The drones can be used to de-ice airplanes, or to fumigate ships, both of which are tasks that would keep humans from breathing in toxic chemicals. Dahlstrom also said it’d be ideal for coating above ground storage tanks, power transmission and telecommunication towers, and bridges.
To read full article on Tech Insider –http://www.techinsider.io/apellix-drone-can-paint-homes-and-de-ice-airplanes-2016-3
In Australia 28% of work related fatalities in construction between 2003 and 2013 were caused from falls from height. Hopefully this drone technology will be available in Australia in the near future.