Andrea Puiatti knows a problem when he sees one. And it only took him 6 months to come up with a solution that could further disrupt an industry you thought couldn’t get any more revolutionary.
Puiatti is the CEO of Skysense, a company that creates portable charging pads that automatically charge your drone, no humans to plug it in required.
Here’s how it works: Your drone flies miles away from you. The battery has probably lasted 20 minutes — 30 minutes on a good day. Your drone autonomously lands — but not just anywhere — on a portable landing pad no more than the size of a bath mat, which you’ve set up ahead of time. Wires connected to the drone touch the pad, and through direct contact, the batteries on the drone immediately start charging. Once charged, the drone takes off and resumes the mission you’ve programmed for it.
“This solves two problems,” Puiatti said. “The first, it enables you to manage the operation remotely. Second, you can have a drone that takes off at any time without human intervention to change the battery, thus enabling fully autonomous missions.”
Andrea says the charging is just as efficient as if you were to plug the battery charger in the socket wall.
The product would enable a drone to have full automation, particularly useful in cases such as inspection, security and agriculture, and it has a retail price between $1000-1500 dollars.
Puiatti and his business partner Michele Dallachiesa got the idea for their product just six months ago. The two met in high school in Italy, and since moved to Germany for separate reasons. The drone industry brought them back together to Berlin.
“It’s a great city for prototyping,” Dallachiesa said. “And it was great timing to start a business.”
Skysense’s next step is to partner with companies manufacturing frames and custom-sized charging pads as well as designing and building a protective hangar for the drone while it charges.
When drones become more mainstream and regulations are set, the executives at Skysense say they want to be ready.
“Drones are already disrupting many industries,” Dallachiesa said. “They are all on the racing blocks, waiting for the regulations and we plan to be on that line, because at some point, it will explode.”