Twitter has received a patent for drone-operated tweets, after filing for these exclusive rights back in June.
Owners of the popular microblogging platform were awarded this patent last week, and as a result they will be the sole beneficiaries of profits that arise from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of sending out tweets.
Apparently, Twitter is counting on developing a drone that can share footage in real-time on the user’s profile, as it films videos and takes photos while floating in the sky. Basically, live streaming of the breathtaking sights captured by the flying machine will take place right on the platform, being easily viewable by followers worldwide.
Moreover, information available on the official website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office suggests that such miniature aircraft will be maneuvered through Twitter, thanks to tweets and retweets, adjusting its trajectory, orientation and focus based on commands received from other users as well.
The patent also infers that UAVs linked to the social media platform might even include a microphone or a screen, in order to broadcast live interviews or to assist in teleconferencing.
Drones are in high demand this holiday season, estimates released by the Federal Aviation Administration indicating that as many as 1 million such vehicles will be gifted for Christmas this year.
Sensing the potential of UAVs not just for recreational purposes, but also for commercial gains, other companies such as Google and Amazon have already been making efforts so as to introduce drone delivery, which could streamline the shipping process, making it more cost-effective and swift.
Therefore, it’s not exactly surprising that Twitter also wants to capitalize on this niche market, which appears to be in continuous expansion lately.
Such a venture consisting in developing “messaging-enabled UAVs” will be further aided by Periscope, a live video streaming app which was bought by the tech company in January 2015, and unveiled as a Twitter tool in March.
The app allows users to send tweets with links directing their followers to a live video stream. In response, viewers can reward their favorite broadcasts with “hearts”, which are similar to “Likes” since they also show appreciation and enjoyment.
Now, it appears that soon Periscope won’t just reveal what its human user’s been up to, but also what drones are filming, while zipping through the air.
Upon being asked to comment regarding this recently obtained patent, Twitter representatives have remained excessively tight-lipped, their sole two words being “drone selfies”.
The answer, referencing the increasingly popular practice of relying on remotely piloted aerial vehicles so as to take photos of oneself, has only spurred speculation, regarding the company’s strategy when it comes to harnessing this type of technology.
Therefore, only time will tell how drones will be incorporated as part of the online platform, and if this ambitious initiative will indeed increase user engagement as much as company officials probably expect it to.
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