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    Tweetie Sky: Twitter Files Patent for Tweet-Controlled Drone

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    Twitter has filed a patent for a "Messaging-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" which it wants to be able to take pictures and videos for sharing on the social network.

    Twitter has been granted a patent for a "Messaging-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)" which will be controlled by tweets; users will be able to capture photos and videos that they can then share on their Twitter accounts.

    "Pictures or video clips received from the UAV are selected and placed in messages broadcast by an account associated with the UAV. Video footage from the camera is live-streamed in a card-type message," reads the patent application, which was applied for in June 2014, and granted earlier this month.  

    "Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV … The UAV may include a display screen and/or a microphone to provide for telepresence or interview functionality."

    When asked to comment on the patent application, a Twitter spokesman referred to "drone selfies," which the company already exhibited at an advertising festival last year in Cannes. 

    ​Its drones flew above the crowd at the festival and took what the company termed "dronies," or drone selfies of those in attendance.

    Twitter is not alone in attempting to use drones to extend its services; both Amazon and Google last month revealed their plans to make deliveries using drones. 

    Google's 'Project Wing' project leader Dave Vos told an air traffic conference that the internet giant aims to begin carrying out commercial deliveries by drone in 2017, and Amazon released a video of its planned 'Prime Air' delivery system, which it says will deliver packages in less than 30 minutes.

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