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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DOCOMO Develops World's First Spherical Drone Display

News & Notices | NTT DOCOMO: NTT DOCOMO, INC., in a continuing quest to create innovative new business, has developed a spherical drone display - an unmanned aerial vehicle that displays LED images on an omnidirectional spherical screen while in flight - which DOCOMO believes to be a world first (as of April 16, 2017).

4 comments:

Galen shila said...

I always love seeing the new tech that everyday reminds me that the future is in fact now. It is so cool to see these spherical display drones. i could see them being used at amusement parks or experimental theater pieces. Really something that transport us into the future. What i can really see though is more dystopian. These are an advertisers dream. Imagine walking down the street and having a display drone playing the newest coke add. Maybe that a good thing maybe thats bad. Either way i see advancements in media a double edged sword for that reason. I worry about invasive advertising and the untrustworthy eye and influence of the government. Despite that i can see all sorts of fun creative ways for this to be implemented into a theatrical setting. Not only that but all sorts of entertainment fields from theme parks to movies. Overall a really interesting development.

Chris Calder said...
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Chris Calder said...

Wow, what a great idea. This is something that should have been created a long time ago. I’m sure this project had serval obstacles as it was being made. If I could ask the creators one question it would probably be: Was there ever a problem with the movement of the LEDs and the force of the motor? And did the spinning LEDS interfere with the lift? If it were me building this I would probably just have covered the entire unit in LED strips instead of having to worry about another component that could potentially interfere with the lift. At the end of the day, this is a very cool project and I think there is a lot of potential for a kid’s toy. For some strange reason, I feel like little Minnie heads are going to be flying all around Disney World next time I’m there. I look forward to seeing how this new idea is used in future installations.

nick waddington said...

I think this article is really interesting for a number of reasons, mainly because i feel like a kid in a toy shop and all i want to do is play around with this. this being said, im not sure how this kind of technology could be incorporated into theater as drones are often noisy and flying them over audience members could be seen as less than safe. however, at amusement parks, or concerts, these could be used as signs, billboards, or just decoration, and i imagine at disney world, these could be put to great use, advertising rides or experiences, or imagine if they followed characters in costume around so people far off could see where their favorite character was and could immediately go see them.overall i think this is a really cool advancement and im excited to see how they are employed in the future and possibly in theater and other entertainment outlets.

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