The drone without propellers is coming! [video]

NTT DOCOMO, INC, Japan’s leading mobile phone company with more than 83 million subscribers, has announced the full development of a propeller-free drone, essentially a balloon that can become the safest means of aerial video surveillance with a camera.

3 years ago, in 2019, the company presented for the first time a prototype of this drone in an effort to create an extremely safe drone with practical applications. This updated model uses a more robust propulsion system to achieve a more stable flight.

This drone-balloon comes equipped with the following: high resolution video camera that records high quality video, colored LED lights to change colors on occasion, uses sun as fuel to stay in the air and the most interesting thing is that it is promoted by ultrasonic vibrations.

Docomo drone without helis

Its technology

Instead of relying on propellers or even wings like conventional drones, the NTT DOCOMO drone-balloon relies on the sun to stay in the air and is propelled forward, backward, up and down using small ultrasonic units. vibrations for air movement. The unit produces minimal noise with minimal vibration and is safe if anyone touches it, so even in the event of a drone collision with a person or object, a serious injury or damage would be extremely unlikely. As a result of this security provided by its design, the drone is perfect for videotaping events, shopping malls and other indoor areas where mostly people gather.

DOCOMO seeks to further improve its unique drone in the future, with plans for the model to allow additional applications to society utilizing the company’s diverse experience and know-how in drones and mobile network technologies.

Its commercial release is to take place within the current financial year which is until March 2022.

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