It is the next step in a craze that has literally swept over the country – drones.
The flying robots give some of the best bird’s-eye views available and one Shropshire company has developed a way to give a first-person view.
New goggles feed footage directly from the drone into the eyepiece making someone stood on the ground feel like they are looking down on the area.
Kensson Aerial Imaging, based near Ellesmere, is one of the first companies to offer the use of its First Person View Goggles and the business thinks it could have a real benefit for surveyors and other clients.
“Clients love the fact that they can see what the drone camera sees in perfect clarity without leaving the ground.”
The use of drones has soared over the past year with more and more hobbyists buying the robots to take images from a bird’s-eye view.
But drone pilots have strict rules to follow and there have been problems with helicopters. Earlier this week, a security guard from Nottingham was fined £1,800 for flying drones over Premier League football stadiums and the Palace of Westminster and near Buckingham Palace. Nigel Wilson, 42, became the first person to be prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for using drones following a police-led operation.
But the robots have proved to have uses for a range of things including delivery, agriculture, military – and now surveying.
With Kensson’s goggles, the company hopes it has taken the technology one step further and its clients are able to stand next to qualified pilots directing the flight from the ground.
Chartered building surveyor Jon Vine had the chance to use the goggles and said he was impressed. He said: “Since working with Ben on a church roof survey I am sold that this is a very worthwhile modern method of surveying.
The photo quality means that when you are back in the office you can zoom into specific defects even when the photo is taken some height above the roof.”