Battle of the drones: the little guys taking on the tech giants

This weekend, Dubai hosts the UAE Drones for Good award, a competition with a $1m prize for a drone used in a socially responsible project. Hardy has built one of the prize contenders, designed to plant forests in inhospitable terrain. “The drone has something like a paintball gun mounted below it,” he says, “so it fires the seed into the ground.” Lauren Fletcher of Biocarbon Engineering is the designer, and believes it has a good chance of winning: “The drones allow us to introduce industrial-scale reforestation in a way that was never really possible before.”

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