Let’s face it, drones an increasingly popular part of our lives, whether we like them or not, and the same can be said about social media. So, why not combine the two? At least that’s what the people behind a large social media conglomerate thought, as Twitter may soon launch drone technology for selfies.
- 50% of the 3,600 Twitter employees are engineers
- There are around 288 million monthly users
- The #hashtag was first used in 2007, but it was believed that it wouldn’t catch on because it was too “techy”
- Over 4 million users joined Twitter in the past 3 months
- The first Twitter user to reach 1 million followers was Ashton Kutcher, and he live streamed the entire thing
About a year ago, Twitter applied for a patent a year ago, and earlier this year, they got it. The company only made the patent publicly available last week, so we should expect that something is in the works.
The patent refers to a drone that can take photos and videos, and post them directly to the user’s Twitter account.
Of course, the patent states that the user will also be able to tell the drone what subject to capture (in a photo or video, of course), as well as to control it.
The company claims the drone to be an unmanned aerial vehicle enabled for messaging. Besides that, the only other reply journalists got from the spokesperson was “drone selfies”.
So, if we’re to follow the
trends going on recently, the company is probably going to release the product by the end of 2017, and it will have a multitude of social media applications.
One can only assume that since users will be able to take selfies and videos and post them directly to their account, and since Twitter acquired Periscope and their video functionality, that the drone will also be used for a variety of functions, such as interviews, live streaming, and why not, for parties.
These assumptions are not empty, as the patent also describes the drone as having microphones, lighting, speakers, as well a display.
And with a new type of batteries that promise to last for hours to be presented in January at CES by Intelligent Energy, the company’s new drone sounds like it will see a quick release.
Even though probably Twitter won’t be handling the drone’s specifications themselves, we can be pretty sure that the prototype will be in good hands.