Drone Medicine

Imagine a scenario where you are in a tough to reach spot and end up having a medical emergency. Say you went hiking and got lost. You are diabetic and your medications are not with you. You need to take that insulin or you will go into a coma. Now you are literally miles from civilisation on the side of a mountain that you were hiking up. What do you do?

A few years ago all you could have done was call on your mobile and hope that rescue workers managed to come find you in time. Then you just didn’t have the option of a drone honing in on you using a GPS system and guess what? It’s actually carrying that medicine that you need. All you got to do is wait for it to come land next to you, get your medicine off it and you are saved.

Matternet is a start – up which is looking to do more than deliver just individual medicines to people in trouble. It’s looking at making drops of medicinal packages to emergency or disaster hot areas. Places which have suffered earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters would not have to wait for the physical arrival of people to get help. This new drone based science project would be able to get them help much faster.

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