In an effort to bridge the gap between the high costs and positive effect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other new technologies (like 3D printers), UAViators is allowing drone operators to get involved with humanitarian work. Using the community surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, the Qatar Computing Research Institute subsidiary is trying to use the robots to provide disaster relief.
The humanitarian drones would be able to take high resolution aerial images faster and cheaper than satellites, which makes them ideal for communication in environmental disasters. Dubbed 'disaster drones,' the UAVs also enable an extremely rapid response and can share data in real time. They can even act as makeshift cellular towers so people can get access to information in dangerous times.