Drones Data X was a very interesting conference: it took a larger view of the concept (and the potential) of drones as we recognize them today. First of all, as you'll see in an upcoming video from the conference, it included submersible systems and a number of other applications I haven't seen at other conventions.
It also took a more expansive view of the subject matter – including technology that might be just a little bit over the horizon in terms of its applications. Velodyne LiDAR is a prime example. As you heard from Cameron Gieda in our video, the primary application of their systems over the next few years will be in autonomous cars. However, there can be no doubt it could be enormously valuable carried beneath a drone. I'm guessing in that in a few years that we'll see technology like LiDAR the way we see thermal imaging and photogrammetery today.
By the way, it might have occurred to you that the Drones Data X conference was in early June and we're posting the videos in late August. There is a reason: in a freak grocery-shopping accident (I'm not making this up) our video editor sustained a very serious concussion that she has yet to fully recover from. Consequently, it took much longer than usual to get these videos turned around. Still, I hope you enjoy them!