Twitter has lots of ideas for drones, patent form reveals

On top of capturing photos and video for its own feed, users could also control the drone with tweets.

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Devindra Hardawar
December 22nd, 2015
Twitter has lots of ideas for drones, patent form reveals

All of a sudden, a Twitter drone doesn't seem like such a crazy idea. The social network applied for a patent earlier this year for a "Messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," which describes pretty much what you'd expect: A drone that can post media to a Twitter feed of its own. Beyond that, Twitter users would also be able to control certain elements of the drone with their own posts. That includes its subject, location, orientation and more. When asked for comment by CNBC, a Twitter rep simply said, "Two words: Drone selfies." As always, a patent application doesn't mean we'll see exactly what's described, but they're a good indicator of what companies are planning for the future.

Sure, this all sounds pretty crazy and fairly unsafe. But it's not hard to imagine that Twitter could create a "safe zone" for the drone to move about without crashing into people. The application also notes that drone controls could be determined "through democratic means," as well as triggered after a certain amount of engagements.

Had we heard about this patent application last year, it probably would have seemed a tad unbelievable. But it makes much more sense now, following Twitter's Periscope launch earlier this year. A drone would be the perfect way to deliver killer live streams, and allowing users to control it remotely would make it an even more engaging experience for social media fans. The patent application also points out that a Twitter drone could be equipped with a microphone and screen of its own, which could make it a useful tool for conducting interviews remotely. And it can even be equipped with a payload that users can control.

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