Amazon patents voice-controlled miniature drone



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Amazon was granted a U.S. patent on Tuesday for a miniature drone that would be fitted with microphones and a camera, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The drone would respond to voice commands, and has several potential functions. It could be used to find a missing child through face recognition, an RFID tag, or barcode on the child’s clothing.

Amazon also imagines the pocket-sized drones may help the police catch suspects. It could hover above traffic stops to record interactions between officers and citizens.

Firefighters could also use the drones to identify people trapped in burning buildings, or equip the devices with thermal imaging cameras to locate fire “hot spots”.

The technology may be used in search and rescue missions, for example, to find a downed airliner.

Civilian uses include finding your car when you forget where you parked, or recording daily life on film.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Pocket-sized Amazon drone has microphones, camera
2. Drone responds to voice command
3. Drone locates missing child, recognizes barcode on child’s shirt
4. Policeman commands drone to chase suspect

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Amazon was granted a U.S. patent on Tuesday for a miniature drone that would be fitted with microphones and a camera.”

“The drone would respond to voice commands, and has several potential functions.”

“It could be used to find a missing child through face recognition, an RFID tag, or barcode on the child’s clothing.”

“Amazon also imagines the pocket-sized drones may help the police catch suspects.”

SOURCES: U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office, GeekWire

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