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What Can We Expect From A Twitter Drone?

What Can We Expect From A Twitter Drone?
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Earlier in the year, the social media platform revealed a patent for a Tweet-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle

Lara Piras
  • 6 october 2016

The drone market has certainly been getting crowded as of late, whether with the popular Phantom 4, or GoPro’s impressive Karma. Meanwhile, gossip is still churning around Twitter’s patent earlier in the year, which states the brand has been granted the go-ahead by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a “message-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle.”

The details of the patent are minimal yet really show the potential of what this service could become. Twitter has plans to make the drone “with commands embedded in messages,” so controllable via Twitter content. This means the user would write a command within a Tweet, for example, the address and expected landing time, and the drone would react appropriately.

Twitter users could also have the chance to control the flying machine’s camera orientation and camera subject as well as the UAV-mounted lighting and “a display screen and microphone to provide for telepresence or interview functionality,” i.e. a UAV-mounted display and projector and UAV-mounted speakers. This means the content has the capability of being top-grade, especially compared to existing drones where the footage is more often than not DIY in nature.

As the social platform looks to expand its offerings, particularly in response to audiences increased preferences for video, technologies such as drones could afford better coverage of live events or gatherings. Particularly in light of the acquisition of Periscope in 2015, there are many possibilities for where the technology can go.

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