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By Dr. Robert L. Gordon | 04/30/2016 | 11:14 AM


Although there has been a lot of interest in using drones for logistics, I read a recent story about how one person was using drones to help hospice patients visit their favorite places one last time before the end.  It seems that an enterprising person is using drones to allow hospice patients one last look at places where they have favorite memories.    This is currently being done in a local area, but this entrepreneur hopes to expand his reach so that he can bring more people to the places that they love.  I can certainly understand this as I currently live in Florida but much of my youth was spent in Southern California.  Since I am permanently in Florida, I do not get to California as often as I would like; however, if I were to end up with terminal cancer the likelihood would be that I would be unable to get myself to California.

If I were very ill and unable to travel, I would still love to be able to see all the places that I remember growing up.  I recently joined a group that shares vintage photos of Westwood, which was one of my regular haunts growing up.  It is great to see pictures of how things looked, and it has stirred some fond memories.  However, I can imagine wanting to see an aerial view of the area to see the architecture, the stores, the great venues for entertainment there.  I really feel that would be quite a site to see before the end, particularly since this experience is done in real time with the patient present, and then it is edited down to capture the most significant memories of the flight.

Another place would be Griffith Park.  Growing up, my friends and I would climb up the hills there and visit the observatory.  We would enjoy great views of the city from up there, and now that the smog is not so bad it means one can see it more often than not. Also, there is the LA Zoo and Travel Town there.   I have even made my children go up there with me to see the sights. 

One can see the famous Hollywood sign from up there and it is great to see that the landmark continues to excite tourists from all around the world.   This would be a great place to get an amazing aerial view of the park as well as of the city.   The view is spectacular during the day as well as at night because the lights of the city streets create a high-pressure sodium orange latticework that crisscrosses the city.

Drones are only limited by the dreamers and innovators that can see past the history of how they have been used to see a future of how they can be used to benefit others.  I think that helping hospice patients have a look at their favorite spots to be important.  Bringing happiness to those that have little to look forward to is clearly something that only technology can offer.  There is significant value by allowing hospice patients one last look at their favorite places, and it is amazing that innovative logistics can bring these kinds of images to people that appreciate them.   I feel that all of us would like one last look at certain special places in our lives, especially if these places seem to be beyond our reach near the end of our lives.



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About Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is program director of the Reverse Logistics department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. He holds a Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has spent more than 14 years teaching reverse logistics, transportation, project management, and human resources. He has published articles on reverse logistics; supply chain management; project management; human resources; education, and complexity. He has also published four books on Reverse Logistics Management; Complexity and Project Management; Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management..

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