About Blue Jay
We strive for a future where drones serve as intelligent companions capable of empowering and assisting people in their daily lives.
Our mission is to expand the boundaries of intelligent systems through innovation and user-centered design, developing drones capable of assisting both health professionals and patients in a manner that is safe, autonomous, interactive, and helpful.
Blue Jay Eindhoven was originally founded in 2015 to organize the world’s first Drone Café in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The increasing popularity of drones and the innovation possibilities with this technology sparked the effort to begin our student team. During the launch of the café in 2016, drones took guests’ orders and served drinks. The concept was playful, but with a strong message: drones can be safe, helpful, autonomous, and interactive.
Drones today are part of a public debate where they are often seen in a negative way, such as the fear of war drones and violations of privacy. At Blue Jay Eindhoven, we believe technology should serve as a tool for positive change and should help people improve their quality of life. Thus, we strive to show the great opportunities and benefits drones can bring to society. Our drone sets itself apart from other drones in the market, which are mainly deployed for outdoors applications (e.g. photography, crowd management, surveillance) and engage in limited user interaction. Blue Jay will be the first drone to function autonomously indoors and in the healthcare sector.
Our goal is to develop a drone that can assist both medical professionals and patients. Blue Jay can help reduce the workload of nurses and caretakers, allowing them to fully focus on the wellbeing of their patients; and at the same time, it can make the life of patients easier and more comfortable by helping them with daily tasks. Our development process is based on user-centered design, where we aim to understand the needs of users, their goals, and the environments they form part of. This iterative, collaborative process will allow us to build a drone that actually matches user needs and can be implemented seamlessly in hospitals and healthcare facilities.