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Google plans to build drones with projectors for virtual meetings

Google's drone projector is called quadcopter and it is designed in the shape of H with a propeller at the ends of each of the longer strokes. In one embodiment, a screen dangles off the front end of the drone while a projector perches at the rear of the vehicle.

  • Updated: August 12, 2016 11:05 PM IST
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Google has granted a patent where with a new drone you can soon conduct virtual meetings. US tech giant Google has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an “unmanned aerial vehicle for collaboration” called mobile telepresence system. The objective of a telepresence system is to present interactive video and audio between users in geographically-dispersed locations. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year

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“Many drones come with cameras but Google thinks a drone with a projector could be the answer to mobile telepresence conferencing,” technology website.  Google thinks that its unmanned drone could provide significant improvements in speed, maneuverability, energy consumption and facilitate access to cramped spaces. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship

For stability reasons, Google’s quadcopter design is shaped like the letter ‘H’ with a propeller at the ends of each of the longer strokes, the report said.  In one embodiment, a screen dangles off the front end of the drone while a projector perches at the rear of the vehicle.

The display area of the screen is being described as semi-translucent so that images projected from the rear can be viewed from the front-facing surface of the screen. “The smartphone may receive images from the user at the remote location, and may project the received images through a projector included with the smartphone,” the report added.

The setup could use two mirrors where one bounces an image from the phone to a screen, and a second is used to capture an image from a room and reflect that to the camera of a smartphone.  Telepresence systems sold by companies like HP and Cisco may offer a virtual meeting space but the right equipment needs to be at both ends usually at a fixed location, noted Google. According to Google, it can solve this with the help of drones equipped with everything that a telepresence system features, including cameras, microphones, projectors, speakers and a display.

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  • Published Date: August 12, 2016 11:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: August 12, 2016 11:05 PM IST



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