Twitter-controlled drone to send photos in your tweet soon

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Drones capable of taking photos and videos controlled by tweets and sharing them through users’ accounts may soon change the way people use social media, according to media reports.

The tech giant was last week granted a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be guided by likes, retweets and replies, and may also have telepresence and live video interview capabilities, American technology news and media network the verge reported on Monday.

Although Twitter did not provide any information on the rollout plans for the device, a company spokesman would only say “Two words: Drone selfies” while describing the new technology, according to CNBC.

Earlier this year, Twitter launched its live-streaming app Periscope. It is now seen as a possibility that the company may use the app in tandem with drones to capture and broadcast events with Periscope users controlling the process.

The drone patent comes at a time when Twitter shares have recorded a sharp decline amid concerns about user growth and monetisation.

Some of the other big companies who have looked into using drones for their businesses include Google and e-commerce giants like Amazon and Snapdeal, but the idea is still an ambitious concept, cosidering the technical and safety issues.

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  1. Interesting, but there is one thing that I do not understand quite completely. Today’s drones have the batteries which enable them for 15-30 minutes of work (depends on the model). If they will be user controlled, they will have to be in air for a long time and 15 minutes will not be enough. Unless Twitter has some other idea what to do with drones with camera. I bet that other giants like Facebook will soon announce that they are about to copy the Twitter idea. Like always.
    Still, this confirms my thesis that drones will advance and that they are advancing. They will advance to the way that they will become an integral part of our lives. They might change the way we live in this world just the way TV changed it. This sounds quite unrealistic at the moment, but I think it is indeed possible! We’ll see what happens in following years.

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