Drones- Machines of the present and the future

Fashion. Sports. Military. Healthcare- what do these things have in common? – Believe it or not, the answer is ‘Drones’. Drones are slowly conquering the world around us and it’s high time we look up from our screens to the blue sky. And we might just find a drone on surveillance duty. Go on, take a peek.

But for non-geeks, what are drones anyway? And what’s the scope of these machines? And why should you be bothered?

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Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles or simply put machines that are always on autopilot. (Fun fact: The word drone was derived from an old English word, dran or dron that means a male bee.) They are usually made from a light composite material, so they can be easily maneuvered and are not very heavy. And just to spice things up, you could add all sorts of equipment- a camera to scan and take pictures, navigation systems, sensors and anything else you could imagine. The future of drones has already begun and it’s going to change a lot around us. Don’t believe us? Check out what drones have been up to-

Dolce and Gabbana recently used drones to fly their new range of handbags on the ramp. US military has been using drones for a while now- in surveillance, monitoring, and even air strikes. Intel displayed a breathtaking drone show, flying more than 1200 drones and choreographing them during the Winter Olympics. Amazon delivers its products with drones, in 30 minutes. And closer to home, a student in Siliguri, West Bengal created a drone as a preventive measure for dengue- the drone scans an area and takes picture of stagnant water on terraces of high buildings. The reality of drones flying humans is not that far away either. This comprehensive list of examples doesn’t just tell us the scope of these fancy machines but how the world will look like in future. The true potential is still being explored- they can be used in agriculture, journalism, traffic monitoring, defense, health, disaster management- imagine how quickly first aid can reach disaster struck areas and how many lives can be saved with the help of these machines. So you do need to pay attention to these machines, because the world of tomorrow may not resemble the world of today.

While we tap into the potential of drones and what we can achieve with it, we also have to think of risks and threats that might be leashed and would need to be timely mitigated. How would drones work in the hands of terrorist organizations? What about the air traffic? Who can own them? Should drones be allowed for personal and commercial use? Or should the use of drones be regulated? What would entail the responsible use of this technology? How would diplomatic relations look like if neighboring countries are spying on each other with their drones? What is the line between surveillance and breach of privacy? What about when a drone is deemed unusable- how would that affect our environment? Would drones bridge the gap between need and access or would they further widen it?

These are questions that ensure that with the advent of new technology, we are also thinking about the consequences of it. Only when we ask these questions, can we design a responsible future that is both sustainable and beneficial. But nonetheless, drones are magnificent machines that are here to stay. (Until we think of something cooler.)


Drone Build Workshop in partnership with Mistri Labs, Nainital

In the field of Surveillance and Security, Drones are the next big thing, and flying them is fun too.

On 27th January 2018, MakersBox is collaborating with Mistri Labs in Nainital to bring an interactive session on Drone building to city of lakes. Come join MakersBox and Mistri Labs Team with our Aerodynamics Experts, when we learn how to build a Drone of our own.

Suitable for anybody looking for a jumpstart on Aerodynamics and Drone Building.

What we will do:

Learn about the various components and how to assemble them together

  • Introduction to Aerodynamics
  • Difference between Brushed and Brushless DC Motors
  • Concept of analog, digital, PWM etc
  • Using all the materials available to assemble a drone
  • Complete challenge (completing the project on the task assigned)

Hardware Kits:

  • NAZE32 Flight Controller
  • F450 Quadcopter Frame
  • Screw Drivers, Sensors,
  • Propellers
  • Lipo Battery
  • Flight Transmitter and Receiver

Please note Hardware kits will be taken back after the training programme. In case you wish to purchase a Kit, they are available for sale at our Maker Space.


Anyone interested in learning about embedded systems, aerospace engineering or aerodynamics should attend this. Attendees need to be 10 Years and above in Age and should carry their own laptops (Preferably Windows, but Macintosh and Linux Computers are welcome too). The computer should have a USB Port for programming. Software used for Programming will be installed on your machines and you should have rights to install the software. All software products used are either Open Source or Licenced for re-use.

Limits: 12 People Only 

Call us at 011.3958.5454 to know more. For tickets and other details, kindly contact Mistri Labs at +91.87550.17059