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Google Patents Videoconferencing Drone that Hovers a Screen and Camera in Front of You

August 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


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Almost every videoconferencing system on the market seems to be difficult to set up, unreliable, or just a hassle to use. But a device described in a new Google patent might be able to do away with choppy video and awkward camera angles, and make it really feel like the faces of your coworkers are in the office with you. If you can put up with the buzzing.

Google's new patent, awarded today, outlines a type of small drone that's been fitted with a screen, that could project a virtual version of someone as it hovers around the office. According to the patent, the drone could either be powered by a cellphone sitting in the drone to connect to the internet, or paired remotely with another device.

The drone appears to be a standard quadcopter-shaped drone, which would allow it to hover around as needed, and presumably be at the beck and call of its operator.

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