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Huge flying eyeball heralds new era of drones

By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2016 · Comment icon 13 comments

The new drone can display any image on its outside surface. Image Credit: Aerotain
A new type of aerial vehicle is capable of flying at low altitudes without any risk of damage or injury.
Known as Skye, the new drone, which has been developed by engineers at Aerotain, combines a large helium-filled balloon with the capabilities of a conventional aerial drone to create a safe and maneuverable platform that companies can use to promote their brand.

According to Aerotain co-founder Daniel Meier, the device is unique because, unlike regular drones, it is safe for people to touch and interact with due to its family-friendly balloon-like exterior.

"There is a computer on board which knows exactly how it's orientated in the world, and then it gives commands to the motors to actually align it to where you want it to be," he said.
"And there are four motors on it which can rotate around their axis and with them you can precisely control it in any environment, basically."

Measuring three meters in diameter, Skye can stay airborne for up to three hours with fully charged batteries and can fly both indoors and outside at altitudes of up to around thirty meters.

A video demonstrating the device in action can be viewed below.

Source: Reuters | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
Just in case spying drones weren't already creepy enough...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eldorado 8 years ago
I saw this coming.
Comment icon #6 Posted by AZDZ 8 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by WolvenHeart7 8 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by White Unicorn 8 years ago
This serves as a great reminder to those few people who blissfully forget for even an instant that we are being filmed, watched, monitored, observed, seen, looked at and upon, cataloged and indexed with harsh bureaucratic efficiency. I'll give this one thing. It has more transparency to it then the little insect like drones others are using.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawkin 8 years ago
This gives a whole new meaning to, "I'll keep an eye out for you".
Comment icon #10 Posted by XClashGames 8 years ago
Looks like they are trying to build and Atraxi lol
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ryanyabba 8 years ago
Half-life much
Comment icon #12 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Somewhere in Kentucky, someone has already taken out a quadcopter with a shotgun and ben cleared in court. This flying eye comes complete with a convenient target.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Spikeychops 8 years ago
And when the wind blows? Not very practical in high winds i'd imagine.

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