Little flying robots could be used to provide shoppers with time-sensitive, highly-relevant promotions and discounts. They could also be used to guide customers around shop floors, act as mobile POS systems, provide staff and customers with real-time inventory data, prevent theft, and collect data that could be used to optimise in-store mapping to ensure retail spaces are fully utilised. Depending on the size and weight of objects, little flying robots may one day even be able to replace personal shoppers by making recommendations, and fetching goods!
Little flying robots could be used to enable potential buyers to remotely view property in real-time from anywhere in the world; ideal for those that wish to buy property abroad. Live footage could be streamed to a web browser and viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. For a truly immersive experience, a VR headset could be worn by potential buyers. This would give the wearer the freedom of movement to fully explore the property. It may even be possible to conduct real-time conversations with anyone located at the property while the tour is taking place.
Little flying robots could be used to enable people to experience being in two places simultaneously. They could experience live events from the comfort of their own living room. As little flying robots take up far less space than humans, venue owners and conference organisers could generate additional revenue by selling tickets to "virtual attendees". Galleries, museums, and country estates could open their doors to visitors 24/7. Drones could be left overnight to enable virtual visitors from around the world to continuously view art collections, or chase ghostly apparitions during the night, while the venue owner is fast asleep!
Assist with inventory management and asset tracking
Little flying robots may not have the lifting power necessary to carry heavy payloads, but they could operate alongside humans or larger, more powerful drones to help find and pack items, or undertake cycle counting. A single drone is capable of counting more stock in two days than a team of around 100 human workers could do in three days!
Home owners are willing to pay a hefty sum, not only for the alarm system itself, but also monthly alarm monitoring fees. As a result, the home security industry is now worth billions. The same technology that makes wireless alarm systems operate could easily be used to control little flying robots. For example, they could start live streaming in the event of a break-in, flood, or fire. Drones could also be used to entertain pets, and carry out domestic chores.
Taking care of an increasingly large, ageing population is one of the greatest challenges of the Twenty-First century, and loneliness continues to be a major concern expressed by senior citizens. This is because social services are stretched, and families are often not able to spend enough time with their loved ones, or be there if there's an emergency. A recent survey by the charity "Independent Age" revealed that a third of people polled were concerned about someone over the ago of 65. Little flying robots could be used to offer companionship, monitor vital signs, provide reminders, offer guidance around the home, and trigger alerts in the event of a trip or fall.