Twitter Just Patented Tweet-Controlled Drones

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 2:47PM
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 2:47PM
Twitter Just Patented Tweet-Controlled Drones
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Drones are quickly becoming a part of our everyday life, and everyone wants in on the action. Now, everyone will literally be able to get in on the action, as Twitter wants to build tweet-controlled drones. These machines can be piloted by an individual's tweets, which would be crazy enough, but they also may be able to be controlled by the collective Twitterverse, which is just plain scary.

Twitter's patent, which was filed last summer and published last week, is for a "Message-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. It performs all of the functions you would expect for Twitter: streaming live video, sharing pictures, etc. But it also allows users to control its movements by commanding it through Tweets.

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Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV. Controllable elements of the UAV include UAV location, camera orientation, camera subject, UAV-mounted lighting, a UAV-mounted display, a UAV-mounted projector, UAV-mounted speakers, and a detachable payload.
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Then comes the kicker: "UAV control may be determined through democratic means." What does that mean, exactly? "Some UAV functionality may be triggered through aggregated engagements on the messaging platform." So essentially, users can collectively command it to do something, or conversely, it can pick up on commands from multiple users, following the most popular ones. Just wait for "sneak into Benedict Cumberbatch's backyard" to start trending.

Via Popular Science.