Samsung, the smartphone manufacturing giant has a significant presence across a range of consumer electronics products. It seems the company wants to attain a headstart in the drones segment, as it applies for patents in the US. The new patent published by US Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) has made Samsung the first manufacturer to enter the drone market
According to the patent, Samsung is planning to enter the drone market with a transformable drone, and it will be the first of its kind. The drone will be able to fold arms and will be equipped with a number of sensors including a gyroscope, compass, barometer, along with ultrasonic, temperature, light and ultraviolet sensors. The design seems to have a transformable body in which arms for fixing the propeller can be folded and unfolded resembling an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
The drone can be remotely accessed by wireless technologies through tablet, smartphone or PC; surprisingly, it can also be accessed through electronic equipment such as refrigerators and washing machines. The drone is likely to have two compartments with an ability to slide into portable and compact unit. Joystick controls are being planned to control the drone remotely. Samsung’s patent application has stated explicitly that the drones will be used for reconnaissance in areas where user access is restricted and in military for information gathering purposes. Reports also say that the drone will work as an accessory for Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones.
Since 2016, Samsung has applied for several technology and design patents in the drones segment. When companies like Google –parent Alphabet and Amazon are eying for effective drone delivery systems, the South Korean giant’s new patent has given it a lead in drone technology.
5 new drone related patents were granted in 2018. Samsung already overtook IBM in as holder of most technology patents in the USA.
Samsung is the first of the smartphone makers seriously considering to enter drones segment. Industry watchers claim that Samsung has filed 16 patents related to ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’ this year. Samsung’s rivals like Google, Apple, and Amazon with simultaneous filings of drone patents have started a full-fledged drone war of sorts. The move is significant for Artificial Intelligence applications and Internet of Things (IoT). Although the company has not made any official announcements to enter in drone technology, Samsung’s drone related patents is an indication that Samsung is taking this project very seriously.