Mike Schreurs attempted to sweep leaves off a patio with a broom, before turning to what looks like a DJI Phantom. (Mike Schreurs/YouTube)

This is one of the more creative and silly uses for drones I’ve seen. Sunday Mike Schreurs posted this video of his attempt to sweep leaves off a patio. After his broom breaks, Schreurs turns to what looks like a DJI Phantom.

After a few passes, the patio is entirely cleared of leaves. It seems a lot more efficient than using a broom.

Of course, he could have used a leaf blower, which is significantly cheaper than the drone. But Schreurs’s choice does seem like more fun, and if you already own a drone, why not?

And in theory, drones with sense-and-avoid could be automated to clear areas like this. Whether the method could work on grass, where blowing leaves requires more power, remains to be seen.

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