If you're struck by a heart attack, nothing means more to your survival than rescuer response time. With this flying ambulance drone in action, the odds of coming back from cardiac arrest could improve from 8 percent to 80.
Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont studying at the TU Delft University, the drone can fly a resuscitating defibrillator at 60 MPH out to a range of 4.6 square miles. Rescuers can communicate to people at the scene of the incident through microphone, walking them through how to apply the drone's defibrillating pads and observing the scene through a camera.
The drone navigates via GPS dialed in to the position of a caller's cell phone. It's got a maximum payload of about nine pounds, but Momont hopes to increase that or make lightweight medical supplies to diversify the flying ambulance's capabilities.
The idea is to make the drone a "flying medical toolbox" with "an oxygen mask to a person trapped in a fire, or an insulin injection to a diabetes sufferer."
Source: code3.jalopnik.comAdded: 31 October 2014