The Bitzer is a drone designed to follow and monitor sheep and other types of animals. It’s GPS and a live video feed would help modern day shepherds track and monitor their animals without having to physically find them on foot.
Origin of the Idea
The name Bitzer was inspired by the sheepdog in the popular children’s television program Shaun the Sheep. The Bitzer would be able to act as a ‘sheepdog of the skies’ finding and tracking the sheep to make sure they are safe and accounted for while saving time for the farmer.
How It Works
The Bitzer is shaped like a short cylinder and measures one metre in diameter. Its shell is made out of composite and aluminum. The electrically powered dual contra-rotating rotor is centrally located and creates a downward push to lift and control the drone. A portion of the air follows the outer edge of its body creating a Coandă effect. The Bitzer is thereby able to control and move itself by opening or closing flaps around its fuselage.
What Is It Used For?
The Bitzer can guard, track and report images, locations and a series of data of grazing animals to the owner. On board HD cameras, GPS and motion detectors are capable of tracking herds of animals and report back in real-time. This is both a cost and time effective drone as farmers would be easily able to check the status of their animals in real time and even predict or prevent health problem by analyzing the gathered data The Bitzer also reduces the need for laborious treks over rugged terrain.
The Bitzer has other applications outside farming. It may be used as a tool to patrol national parks and even offer a way to locate missing person as it is able to cover vast areas more speedily than on foot. On board motion detectors will provide extra means to locate lost children or confused patients and the cameras can provide real-time images and search data to search and rescue personnel.
The Bitzer concept was imagined in September 2018 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Martin Rico. Martin studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works for the ICAO as an Industrial Designer for the future of aviation. He also created the images of the Hakima multi-rotor aircraft concept and the Blue Edge hypersonic aircraft.