Drones for Foraging

Using design to explore the appropriation of precision agriculture technologies for non-precise food systems and services.


Drones for Foraging was a design project that explored the use of DIY and hobbyist drones in support of urban foraging. Through this project we developed use-cases, prototype software and user interfaces for drone navigation, explored the use of open technologies for image capture and analysis, and created instructional materials to assist foragers in the use of open technologies for remote sensing and imaging. The underlying motivation for this project was to use design as a means of investigating future practices and to provide the basis for near-term open innovation with DIY and hobbyist drones.

Drones for Foraging was an active project from 2013-2015.

Related Publications:
DiSalvo, C. (2016). The Irony of Drones for Foraging: Exploring the Work of Speculative Interventions. In Design Anthropological Futures, eds, Kjærsgaard, M. G., Halse, J., Smith, R. C., Vangkilde, K. T., Binder, T., & Otto, T. Bloomsbury Academic: 139-153.