My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:
“We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still…” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos
No matter what method is at our disposal, our species are wanderers. Whether it was by foot, by horseback, by train, or by plane, traveling in great distances is a fundamental part of our human nature. But then there are times, for whatever reasons, in which we’re forced to not act on that natural instinct. Thanks to TravelByDrone, however, you’ll now be able to see the world from the comfort of your own room.
TravelByDrone was launched in April by Switzerland-based Jan Hiersemenzel. The map that’s provided shows several bubbles throughout the globe with the number of drone footage available. As you zoom in closer to selected regions, orange pins provide the specific location in which the footage was taken.
Think of Youtube, only with drone footage of entire regions of the world! That is what TravelByDrone is offering, for people to send their drone footage of the areas in which they preside, to which would then be used as a virtual traveling catalog. The footage already provided is quite remarkable in many areas (not so much in a few others). With TravelByDrone’s services you’ll be able to see the very places on this planet you’ve always wanted to travel to – Alaska, Ireland, Egypt, and even the top futurist locations in the world Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Tokyo, Japan.
On the side bar of the page it provides real-time updates of whenever new footage is added onto the map. So far it appears to be growing in popularity as more and more people become accustomed to using drones. Ever since a federal judge shot down the FAA’s ban of commercialized drone usage in airspace, the market for drones has been booming, from the use by everyday citizens to mainstream news corporations.
Granted, it’s nowhere near the same thing from actually traveling, but then it’s the closest thing thus far. In some cases the drones provide footage you wouldn’t normally be able to see in person, such as a volcano eruption on Tanna island of Vanuatu! Which then raises an amazing prospect for the future of travel: drone-based or avatar-based tele-traveling!
While the current method of TravelByDrone’s means of traveling is sorely inadequate in comparison to the real thing, the opportunities which may arise from this method are worth the wait. Serious Wonder wasn’t able to get in contact with Mr. Hiersemenzel, but one can imagine how drone flight could be used for more interactive traveling.
Soon we’ll be using drones in real-time to travel vast distances throughout the globe from the comfort of your home. In the coming decades we’ll be using avatars to sync up with and actually walk, bike, etc. in lands you wouldn’t normally have reached without risking your own life. Thanks to asteroid mining company Planetary Resources and their Planetary Community Vanguard, by next year they’ll be launching their ARKYD 100 space telescope into orbit, in which will be accessible from your own smartphone, tablet, or TV to control and use for research or mere fun – the beginning of open-source space exploration!
“…We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos