If you're one of the million or so people buying a drone this Christmas, you're probably looking for easy-to-use drones with cameras attached, like the RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera in the Komando Shop. You're probably envisioning your kids or grandchildren flying it over your house and taking videos of you far below.
That's exactly what most people getting drones as gifts will use it for, fun. But did you know that drones are increasingly being used for commercial purposes, for instance, to help farmers survey their crops, to assist real-estate agents in showing off properties, or many other purposes?
The No. 1 drone maker for consumers, DJI, is also the No. 1 drone used by people applying to fly drones for commercial purposes. Today, DJI and FLIR, the maker of thermal-imaging technology, introduced a drone that can capture thermal images.
DJI's CEO, Frank Wang, says it'll be useful for scanning large areas and searching for hotspots. He says it will be useful for firefighters and farmers. But you can imagine police using DJI's Zenmuse XT to rescue people lost in the woods, or to track down suspects hiding from them.
"Almost every week we see new applications of our aerial technology," Wang said, in a statement. "Adding thermal imaging as an additional sensor option for aerial platforms will open up new and innovative uses for our users, whether it's gaining strategic insight into how their crops are growing or more efficiently understanding the spread of fires."
DJI hasn't said yet how much the Zenmuse XT will cost. But it will be available in early 2016.