Amazon has acquired a patent for creating pocket-sized drones that can be voice controlled and help in important scenarios like aid police in chases, support firefighters in tackling blazes, and even finding lost children.
A United States Patent and Trademark Office filing revealed that the drone will manage these functions with a built-in software that permits it to recognize commands said by the user or controls from its compatible app. While there was no mention of Alexa, there is a possibility Amazon may integrate such an artificial intelligence personal assistant into its drones.
The drone will additionally come with a microphone as well as a camera that will make it easier to carry out numerous functions defined by the patent, such as –
- The camera could help recognize faces or read barcodes on clothes to help in finding missing children.
- Find a vehicle in a vast space by recognizing features like its make, model or color.
- Help in rescue missions to search for airliners, sailors or ships that may be lost at sea.
- To identify people that are trapped in a burning building, and help firefighters get to them.
- Following a suspect in a police chase, to help officers better plan a strategy to capture.
- Recording adventure and sports, as a way of replacing current action cameras in the market that need to be mounted.
Amazon sees the device to be like "an assistant for the user" so they can carry it with them in their pocket or purse and deploy it when needed. Just ask things like, “Is the bathroom light switched off?” to make the drone do its job and help you out!
Talking about how the drone could also be used as a bodyguard, the USPTO filing said, "In situations in which a user feels uncomfortable or in danger, such as walking down a city street at night, the UAV may act as a deterrent to potential attackers, provide piece of mind, and, worst case scenario, document the crime for police."
Though, it is important to note that just because Amazon has been awarded this patent it doesn’t necessarily mean they will develop this technology.