Drones are finding their place in many aspects of our lives, and sports are definitely one of those aspects. Drones are changing the way we view sports, and they’re here to stay. From sport event organizers to coaches – everyone is thrilled by the endless applications of drones in sports.
Drones can be an invaluable tool in the world of sports. With the production costs slowly dropping down, more and more people will be able to afford drones for personal purposes, although this is still not still so common.
There are many interests in drones within the sport industry. First and foremost, they’re used for amazing photography and videos during sport events. Secondly, there’s the ‘follow me’ aspect. The second one is particularly interesting because it’s something unlike we’ve seen before. The person that is being followed usually has a GPS tracker, which transmits the position to the drone that is airborne. Of course, you can determine the altitude you want it to fly, etc. Check out Lily from this years CES awards if you haven’t already.
At first, drones were linked with extreme sports, since people wanted to capture those spectacular moments and drones were perfect for this. They are still most commonly used in extreme sports, but now they’ve found their place in many other types of sports as well.
Because they are so easily maneuvered, drones are the perfect new tool for any sport media coverage and truly offer endless possibilities. To put things into perspective, the 2014 Olympics in Sochi was probably the first time that drones were used on such a big sporting event.
Another interesting application of drones is in football. Football coaches, for example, are always looking to step up their game and a better way to prepare the players, and believe it or not – using drones is one way to do that. Before, cameras had been limited to the end zones and sidelines so not much could be seen. Not anymore – drones have changed this for good.
Ryan Baker, a grad student and a CEO of Arch Aerial, has developed drones that can shoot football practices for local teams. These are little helicopters that can give the players and their coach a bird-eye view of the entire practice. This can help players get an entirely new perspective of how they play which can help them improve their performance like never before.
Another interesting sport-drone collaboration can be seen in the example of golf with our company, Drone Caddy App. This app is a perfect example of drone technology combined with iOS devices. We enable golfers to see the entire golf course video and what’s ahead of them. This replaces the course guide and gives the player access to the pro’s notes.
Drone Golf Caddy offers an affiliate program so any drone operator can join their company, film their local area courses, and get a percentage of the sale anytime a golfer downloads the app. You can learn more about us at http://www.dronecaddyapp.com.
Note: The below is a guest post from Ryan over at Drone Caddy App, which you’ll learn a bit more about at the bottom of this post. And if you’re a drone pilot looking for a way to make some extra money, this might be worth looking into.