Micro-drones 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, drones may one day even be able to replace personal shoppers by making recommendations, and fetching goods!
Micro-drones 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, so they can drift and 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, such as the seller, or an agent.
Micro-drones 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 micro-drones 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
Micro drones will not have the lifting power necessary to carry payloads of sufficient size and weight, so will need to operate alongside larger, more powerful drones. Micro drones will, however, help packers find items, and be used to carry out repetitive tasks that require very little skill. Examples include stock and cycle counting; a single drone is capable of counting more stock in two days than a team of around 100 human workers, with reach trucks, 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 domestic micro-drones. For example, they could send a notification to the owner and start live streaming in the event of a break-in, a flood, or fire. Drones could also be used to entertain pets, control domestic appliances via M2M communication, 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. Micro-drones could be used to offer companionship, monitor vital signs, provide reminders and guidance around the home, as well as trigger an alert in the event of a trip or fall.