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Flying, spherical displays are coming to a halftime show near you

The LED spheres won't start popping up until after next March, though.
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Pepsi's drone show at the Super Bowl this year was impressive, sure, but imagine what those UAVs would've been capable of with more than one pixel. To wit, Japan's Docomo has designed a 144 x 136-pixel spherical LED screen that can display images while in flight. And to give the illusion that the image onscreen is holding still while the drone zips about, "the LED frame spins on its axis in a rapid horizontal motion, forming an afterimage effect to create the illusion of a solid sphere of motionless LEDs," according to a press release.

The company says that because the display uses a hollow frame, there shouldn't be any issues with it obstructing a drone's propellers or weighing the contraption down.

If you're getting giddy thinking about what this could do for your next concert or maybe a massively-watched sporting event, you'll have to wait a bit. Docomo says that it plans to start selling the displays sometime after next March. At least that should give you some time to figure out what you'll put on yours for its maiden voyage.

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