A couple of years ago, drones were being used primarily by the armed forces. But recent innovations in the drone industry and affordable price range have made the drones more popular with consumers and businesses. We all love something new and drones never seem to disappoint us by providing us with dazzling aerial footage. It captivates the human mind to see the world in a whole new perspective which can be used for educational, business or personal purposes. The sheer number of drones that are available to the consumer has made it evolve into newer models with technology that is catered to suit individual requirements. This week alone, three new personal-selfie drones (DJI Mavic, GoPro Karma, and the Yuneec Breeze) have been release, which would make using drones in sports and personal training a whole lot easier. Recently there has been a lot of interest generated within the sports personnel who have started using drones to track their movements and improve their approach to their concerned track, athletic, or racing events.
During the time of major sporting events such as the Olympics, most of us are glued in front of our television sets trying to catch a glimpse of the various events that are conducted within the stadium. Certain sports channels broadcast these events live, for our viewing pleasure. Various cameras are used for these events, but nothing can replace the high-flying, smart-looking and feature-packed drones that give us an unprecedented view of the event from above. Not only does the view differ with a whole new perspective, but it can also help the concerned sports authorities to make critical decisions that can change the entire outcome of any game. The modern day drones are mostly equipped with high definition cameras that can provide a live video feed to the attached display in 720p high definition, which is a perfect fit for broadcasting on most channels. The unique views from these drones can make the game livelier than the same ground level views that we have been accustomed to for many years. These drones can also be used as a security option to scan the areas for potential threats or to check on the structure on some of the world’s biggest indoor stadiums, prior to the live event.
The cameras that are being used on the modern day drones are capable of capturing aerial footages in 4K Ultra High Definition. The sensors used by these cameras are slowly evolving into larger ones that have the capability to see much better in low light situations and improve the picture or video quality as well. This is made possible by more light being able to reach the sensor. The lenses however tend to remain the same wide angle lenses since the view from above gets better as it expands and covers a much larger area into the main frame. Lens manufacturers have already created wide angle lenses that offer superior image quality and very minimal distortion or barrel effect. Large arenas and stadiums that require multiple ground cameras to cover the event and can easily be shot within a single frame with the help of aerial drones. The organizers can also keep track of the crowd that is present on that busy day, which enables them to constantly keep track of any lurking dangers in and around the venue.
The best that a modern day camera lens can do is either to zoom in or zoom out onto a subject. Other special effect lenses can provide surreal views of the world that is unique but cannot be enjoyed for longer durations of time. The drones on the other hand are not stationery. They can move about in different directions and the camera that is attached to these drones have the capability to tilt, pan or swivel in any direction possible as per the requirements. This in turn provides spectacular views of the same subject, but in a unique way that cannot be replicated by ground level cameras. The powerful stabilization systems offer stable footage from the air, even during mid-flight at high velocities. This helps keep track of a particular object or a person, such as the winning car or a runner who is leading the pack.
Athletic events that involve the utmost reliability of human endurance, relies mostly on the personal training that the player or athlete is subjected to. Keeping track of these athletes while training is not possible from the ground level. This is where the drone comes into play by cruising above the one who is being trained and tracks their movement. It helps them to identify their flaws and improve on the same before the day of the big event. Body movements or the ever famous racing lines can be studied upon and improvised accordingly. This can make quite a significant change in the way a game is being played. Using GPS and GLONASS technology, these drones can be flown high and made to follow you until the training ends. Another added benefit in using drones to follow you while training in remote locations is the fact it is a live recording and it can help keep you safer if the video downlink is being streamed onto a display unit. The display units can either be the one that is built in to the drone’s remote controller or a smart device that either runs with Android or iOS or loaded with the mobile application. This way, there is someone who can constantly keep track of you and also is well informed about your current location with the help of the GPS co-ordinates.
In conclusion, we must understand that our world is constantly evolving with new ideas and technology that surpasses some of the brilliant minds in the industry. Drones are evolving with the same pace with newer and more usable technology that was seemingly impossible just a few years ago. By incorporating drones into sports, gameplay has also evolved into a whole new level of entertainment.
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