Drones are big news at CES this year, as manufacturers unveil a number of new models and interesting developments in the technologies.
If there's one technology that has developed significantly in a very short space of time, it's unmanned aerial vehicles. Whether related to commercial or defence purposes, small - and in most cases autonomous - craft are starting to rule the skies across the globe.
It's not altogether surprising: these vehicles allow people to gain new perspectives on work sites, capture high-quality footage for projects and carry out surveys without having to hire professional helicopter pilots. It then stands to reason that the Consumer Electronics Expo (CES) is home to the latest developments in this space.
Computer chip maker Intel took to the stage at CES 2016 to show a new drone that can actually avoid obstacles that fall into its path. At the show, the vehicle was able to follow a cyclist through a course, avoiding trees autonomously. At one point, a tree fell into its path, and the drone was able to stop and navigate around.
One-man autonomous drone
Most people will be used to the idea of a drone as a small machine designed to take photos or readings, with or without a human pilot. Chinese company Ehang, however, has a different vision of the future. The 184 is a new drone that, while currently unreleased, could soon transport individuals weighing up to 117 kg for around 23 minutes.
Another drone set to change the consumer space, the Parrot DISCO is one of the first commercially available wing-shaped drones that will be available for people to purchase and easily fly. It can travel for around 45 minutes before running out of charge. What's more, it's able to loiter over a location autonomously while the pilot on the ground takes a break.
UAVs are undeniably going to continue growing in popularity over the next few years, with new developments increasing their usefulness in a number of areas.