Twitter steps up its game with tweet-controlled drone according to the outlandish new patent just surfacing this week and filed in June. After releasing Periscope, a tweet-controlled and tweet-generating drone doesn’t sound too crazy.
Except, of course, all the safety and privacy concerns that don’t seem to be addressed. Yet, as is usually the case, a patent doesn’t imply the project will become reality so soon. By the time it does, if it does, the tweet-controlled drone will probably take into consideration all aspects of concern.
The ‘messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle’ as the Twitter drone is described in the patent should be able to perform several functions. For instance, the drone would be associated to its own account. Throught the account, the Twitter drone could be both controlled and post its own media. Twitter users could control the tweet-generating drone with their own tweets. Location, subject and orientation could be at the hands of users.
Now this is the part that raises some security concerns and borderlines privacy infringement. Nonetheless, according to one Twitter representative, fears may be overblown as the tweet-generating drone could really just be
“two words: drone selfies”.
Drone photography has reached new heights this year. Multiple competitions have awarded grand prizes to photographs captured with the help of aerial unmanned vehicle. Nonetheless, drone selfies probably don’t cut it to the category of artistic photographs deemed of any value. Still, if the work on the Twitter drone starts, the tech company will probably create a safe zone both physically and regulatory for the unmanned aerial vehicle to operate in.
Twitter steps up its game with tweet-controlled drone and it’s sure to step up the game for other companies as well. With Amazon and others using drones for a variety of purposes, these aerial unmanned vehicles are becoming the future. Twitter’s patent certainly brings something new and a daring idea to the table.
If paired with Periscope, the in-house duo could really do a great job. Live streams and a tad higher social media engagement are bound to revolutionize Twitter. Perhaps, if the patent application filed in June is followed, the tweet-generating drone and tweet-controlled drone could be fully equipped with its own microphone and screen. Smile for the camera while giving an interview to be streamed live. It doesn’t sound like a bad idea, does it?
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