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“DRONE SELFIES” ON THE WAY

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“DRONE SELFIES” ON THE WAY

Drones will soon become the new “man’s best friend”.

CNBC reports that Twitter has been granted a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that functions to capture photos and videos to be stored and tweeted out.

Most commonly known as a drone, likes, re-tweets and replies on twitter will determine the activity of the drone and its whereabouts. This enables a single drone to be operated by a number of people instead of just an owner. This unmanned vehicle will be able to transmit photos and videos, and receive commands, according to a document released by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Provided these drones take flight, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has urged that every drone owner will need to register their device, as if it were an actual airplane and bestow them with the same burden of responsibilities.  

In theory, a tweet-controlled drone would have no flight plan thus may result in collisions or other unexpected accident. NASA and Verizon have been working on an ‘air control’ system for drones to prevent these unexpected collisions.

Twitter chose not to disclose any information. But it is definitely making rapid pace on social media with its introduction of Periscope earlier this year and now comes this drone which could rule out the use of the earlier Periscope with its advanced features and remote control. If these drones take flight, then the market will once again me consumed up like it was earlier this year. Although many have expressed deep concerns for their safety and privacy if these drones are so remotely operable by twitter user accounts without any liability for consequences.

Despite filing for the patent rights for such use of drones does not guarantee that Twitter will follow through. Let us keep an eye out for any drones hovering about. 

Thumbnail Image: Credit: Don McCullough/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

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