Self-flying drones could be used to rescue people from fires in tower blocks by unfolding into safety nets mid-air. Net Guard drones would use GPS to pinpoint the location of the fire once a distress signal has been received then head to the necessary building, avoiding traffic below.
This net would be made from a quadruple layer of polyurethane, the designers said, and would be strong enough to then carry the weight of a regular adult. The drone would also keep track of the evacuee using sensors, allowing it to be positioned correctly were person in need of jumping.
It was designed by six students from the Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, Schools of Electronic Engineering and Art, China, and was recently awarded the Golden Pin Concept Design Award.
Biffy Toosdale : hahah FAKE PR crap to get people to invest!
Biffy Toosdale : only problem is most skyscrapers windows don’t open and you would need a sledgehammer to break the glass
Gnostic…. : Hey, I have a great idea. If trucks are stuck in traffic, we could attach four small drones to it, and move it 20 miles onwards. What – you mean this idea is impracticaI and stuupid….?
FlyingEagle : The world is becoming dumber. Its disappointing to see large sum of money being wasted to created robots that try to act and run like an animal ,like boston science team.
FlyingEagle : Hope these drones can detect fire and stay away from it.
Philmo Phlegm : OK, let’s do some maths. Let’s assume say 100 people per floor who need to be rescued, and in a very tall building, say fifty floors that can’t be reached by ground-based vehicles. 100 multiplied by 50 = 5,000 people needing to be rescued. How long does it take one drone to rescue one person? Three minutes? (Being optimistic.) How many drones would you have? Again, let’s be optimistic and say twenty. So it would take twenty drones twelve and a half hours to rescue the 5,000 people from the burning building. Sorry, but this just isn’t going to work for general rescue. I can see it working for rich individuals who live in the penthouse though. They would buy a drone each for themselves and their family and save themselves.
MrWrighty : Those drones will have to generate a lot of uplift to keep flying after impact, they will also have to tilt away from each other because the force to overcome the horizontal force to come together when the net catches the weight will be enormous.
simo5Jhphoto1 : The idea is good but some people will not jump.
john : What about the millions of obese people?
Bill : Scott of Thunderbird 1 will be controlling them no doubt.
stevo145flobalob : …after you…no ..after you…I insist, after you..
Warrenr4 : Drones ? Battery operated remote control toy helicopters. I had such high hopes for space age technology as a youngster. What a disappointment.
FreeParking : What an ingenius idea!
sweetchipsFreeParkin : I don’t think that I could trust four drones holding a net to “save” my life if I jumped.
Robbie : And pigs might fly!
DazzapeglegFreeParki : About time they were used for something useful
The Voice in my head : Those propellers would have to be ridiculously powerful to hold a person’s weight.
Orphedayus : Who’s brave enough to trial it .
Bill RadfordMeichise : What happens if its designed for 10stone person then a 17 stone person jumps on board
WowserReturnsstevo14 : If it even has a 20% chance of working it’s better than a horrific death. Personally if I lived in a high rise I’d buy a base jumping parachute and ensure there was a tool to break the window if need be in an emergency.