Drone application: Placing a drone in relation to a ship

Placing the drone in relation to the vessel is one part of my application. Below you see some early sketches of the design of a touch-panel screen interface. Im now working on how you set the  drone position, and what type of interactions that are meaningful in the context. For example, controlling a drone manually will probably not be relevant when the drone has to be 2km away.  Thus, Im looking into the different functions of placing the drone, why a ship would need this particular functions, and how they work.

Placing the drone in relation to the vessel is one part of my application. Below you see some early sketches of the design of a touch-panel screen interface. Im now working on how you set the  drone position, and what type of interactions that are meaningful in the context. For example, controlling a drone manually will probably not be relevant when the drone has to be 2km away.  Thus, Im looking into the different functions of placing the drone, why a ship would need this particular functions, and how they work.

Drone interface sketches

Preset or no preset?

The two first sketches above contains a preset and a custom setup functions that take distance to ship, drone height and coordinates into account.  In the two last ones´s, I explore the possibility of having several presets instead of only one.

Drone interface sketches

I assume that using presets is the most meaningful way of controlling an automatic drone. The point of the drone is after all providing images that can be analysed and give route and ice information, and its programmed to follow the route of the ship. However, in some situations I imagine that it can be useful to place the drone differently, and for those situations, a custom settings panel should be present.

Sketching AR ECDIS and Ice interface

Im currently exploring how images from drones can help with ship navigation and route planning. Assuming that images can be analysed realtime using artificial intelligence, my idea is to implement ice, weather and traffic information in an AR interface on the horizon. Below you see to sketches of an interface during day, and night time.  At this stage, I have not thought about colours or hierarchy of information, but rather on what type of information that is relevant to add in an interface on the environment.

Day view

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Drones for mapping and analysing land areas

I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to analyse images from drones realtime and make ice-charts. Then I found ‘Drone Deploy’ which is a project where drones are used for mapping and analysing land areas automatically. Drone Deploy takes photos from a preset area, and stitch them together creating gigantic overviews i high resolution, or create advanced analysis of the terrain both in 2d and 3d. Based on this, I assume that creating ice charts should be possible as well.

https://www.dronedeploy.com/

Source: https://nrkbeta.no/2015/01/23/droner-alt-du-trenger-a-vite/