Drones are becoming an everyday part of life not only in Pakistan and Yemen anymore, but instead of killing and maiming, peeping and spying, they can be used to save lives. When someone is having a cardiac arrhythmia, getting an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to the person as quickly as possible really can be a difference between life and death. But AEDs are usually only found in high pedestrian traffic areas like airports and sports stadiums. Flying in an AED from the rooftop of a building in the area can help solve the problem.
The questionably named Defikopter was conceptualized and developed by the non-profit Definetz and Height-Tech, a German drone maker, to be able to bring an external defibrillator just about anywhere. The helicopter drone uses eight rotors and has been popular with videographers for filming canyons or citizen reporters covering demonstrations. It has a range of about 6 miles (10 km) and flies at speeds up to 40 mph (70 kph) avoiding road traffic below. A person responding to someone in need of a shock would be able to use a smartphone to pinpoint their location and the drone operator would pilot the copter to the patient.
Original source: Defikopter: Drohnen können Leben retten…
(hat tip: Qmed)