The nimble aircraft could be equipped with a screen or a projector for videoconferencing.
Google is hoping to patent a small videoconferencing “telepresence” drone for collaborating with colleagues from remote locations, according to an application that was made public today.
The drone is designed to fly indoors and move from room to room. A typical telepresence robot, which often amounts to an iPad mounted to a roving stand, can’t go up stairs and is difficult to navigate in the unpredictable floor plans that are typical of large tech companies, the application says.
Google suggests a telepresence system on a quadcopter drone could be much more agile for moving around the room, take up less space, consume less energy and provide an experience that’s more engaging overall than a ground-based robot.