It’s not an uncommon sight to see a drone of some sort being flown across the air fifty feet above you nowadays. Today, aerial toys like these can range from smaller models piloted by young children, larger ones for filmmakers and cinematographers, to the more expensive and state of the art ones for commercial industries, and finally to the lightweight and fast speed demons zipping in between obstacles.
The advent of aerial drone technology means that there is a make and model developed by brands all over the globe to serve multiple purposes. Case in point, world-leading manufacturer of camera technology and lenses have managed to merge the usage of LiDAR technology with drones to create a next-generation and first-of-its-kind personal UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) used to inspect buildings!
Dubbed the BLK2FLY, it is developed by Leica Geosystems as part of the Leica BLK line of products specifically built for industrial purposes with the usage of LiDAR technology. The thought and care taken in designing the BLK2FLY drone ultimately resulted in a modern, sleek and lightweight drone of the future of scanning building of all shapes and sizes.
The body of the drone is forged to be minimalistic and as lightweight as possible with advanced materials. Sporting only electronics such as lighting strips, the propellers, and cameras found in all corners of the body. A total of five onboard cameras is located all around the drone for full 360-degree visual coverage for the user to look around. The main camera is found at the very front of the BLK2FLY drone which holds the LiDAR sensor that detects every nook, cranny and crack of the subject.
The BLK2FLY drone is also an incredibly easy tool to operate as well. Individuals who are operating the drone do not need to have any prior experience to operating aerial drones other than a UAV pilot’s license. All the operator needs to do is to utilize the software used to control the drone and with a few taps on the tablet of choice, and the drone will proceed to scan the entirety of its subject on a pre-determined flight path or manually set by the operator.
If you are worried about crashing the drone into anything, no worries! Thanks to the implementation of LiDAR technology, the BLK2FLY drone is able to detect solid objects and move away or navigate around them on its own. So don’t worry about binning your essential work tool!
Drone technology has come a long way ever since DJI introduced us with their drone meant for filmography, and now it’s evolved into industrial and commercial uses like these! Who knows what the futures holds for drone technology moving forward!
If you have to dough to afford one for strictly industrial purposes, then check out Leica Geosystem’s official website for their BLK line of products here!