Drones are being gently integrated in to all areas, with photography being just one successful use. Amazon were one of the first to publicly discuss using them for delivering, but Russia launched its first postal drone today to a small public gathering; it did not go well.
For us photographers and videographers, drones have left behind the notion of being an expensive, niche luxury and are now somewhat of an industry staple. However, the very same drones that are hoisting around our cameras are also being re-purposed for other commercial uses. One of the most popularly proposed ideas is that of having drones as automated delivery devices, swiftly and accurately dropping off our packages without needing to navigate traffic. It always seemed a bit of an idyllic concept to me, with its useful reality being some way off on the horizon, but Russia wanted to prove that's not the case.
In a little bit of a shock unveiling, Russia launched their first postal delivery drone and a crowd gathered to enjoy its maiden voyage. This anticipated first flight was far from smooth, as the small audience got to look on as the little propelled robot flew straight in to a wall before plummeting to the ground in more separate pieces than it left as.
The unmanned drone was on its merry way to deliver a package to a nearby village to prove the worth and readiness of the technology to the Russian Postal Service, who separated themselves from the incident nearly as quickly as the crash happened, stating they were there as a guest.