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Are drones coming to Disney?

August 25, 2014

People tend to get all creeped out when they hear about drones. However, as we’ve discussed before, drones can be used to accomplish some awesome things: they can capture killer aerial videos, help people go hunting for hurricanes and help protect wildlife. 

As the Wall Street Journal reported, Disney has taken the first steps toward some new drone projects. The company recently applied for three patents for aerial display systems that use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones).

One of the aerial display systems includes marionettes. Yes, Disney is planning to use the UAVs to suspend puppets above your head. According to the patent“This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the form of parade or other blimps/balloons filled with hot air or other gases and that had little and/or awkward articulation of any movable parts.”

In addition to the marionettes, Disney plans to use drones to suspend flexible projection screens that are moving while various images are projected onto the screen’s surface.

The final patent outlines UAVs that could possibly take the place of fireworks, using floating “pixels” that come together to create shapes, colors and images.

You can read all the details of the patents here:

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