Life In 360°: Front Row Seats In A Drone Race

    Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems to give them another name, are most everywhere these days. Partly because most anyone can own them. They of course are not only used for personal entertainment but for photography and there are a raft of gadgets and gizmos designed to get the most out of your very own eye in the sky. Drones also are increasingly in use in the Military field, and codes for both civil use and professional use within cities and throughout airspace is constantly being developed. Earlier this week, for example, America’s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) formed a new Drone Advisory Council.

    Another use we’ve seen is drones being used in competitive races, something which is also developing rapidly into its own league. Drone races actually became the ‘theme’ of a recent set of advert for the catalogue chain Argos in the UK recently and they’re also the topic of our final Life In 360 this week. Considering the subject matter however (Drone racing) the video does come from a rather unusual source – the U.S. Department of Energy’s Facebook page.

    In this instance the 360 degree camera is placed at the side of the track of a meeting at Maker Faire in San Mateo, Califronia where the Government department was also presenting. The Department of Energy notes that it “doesn’t race drones for fun like these enthusiasts” but that they “do care about drone technology”, citing a number of scientific uses for them.

    You can see the video below. VRFocus will be back next week with more 360 degree videos, be sure to check back throughout the day for more virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) news.

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