Samsung likely to launch foldable drones

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After dominating the market for Android phones and home appliances, Samsung is planning to enter the drone market.

The South Korean tech giant is reportedly working on a foldable drone which will include features like a camera, gyroscope, accelerometer and a barometer. The company seems to be making solemn attempts to enter the drone market as it has attained as many as five drone-related patents this year alone.

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As per a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent application, filed on 15th June 2017, Samsung plans a foldable drone. The drone arms, on which the propellers will be fixed, can be folded and unfolded against the main body. The housing structure of the drone seems to be comprised of two compartments, which join together to form a compact unit.

“The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a housing with a first housing structure and a second housing structure, a wireless communication circuit coupled to the housing or located inside the housing for wireless communication with an external controller, a plurality of propulsion systems coupled to the housing, and a navigation circuit configured to control the plurality of propulsion systems”, Samsung explained in the patent application.

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Going by the patent, it suggests that the Samsung drone will have the usual capabilities of a drone, like the support to wirelessly control it using a smartphone, tablet, or PC. In addition to this, the Samsung drone may also feature support to control it via other electronic devices like home appliances such as washing machine, wearable devices, body implants, and more.

The Samsung drones will reportedly be sensor heavy, with the likes of gyroscope, barometer, compass, ultrasonic, temperature, light and ultraviolet sensors present in the device.

The details of when Samsung is slated to launch the drones in the markets remains uncertain.

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