A drone with a sensor that allows it to recognize gestures and voice commands during flight and change its behavior.
Amazon isn’t shy about sharing its desire to fill the skies with drones delivering our orders. Such ambition means a lot of research and development is going on inside Amazon, and that results in patentable ideas. The latest of those is a drone capable of reacting to gestures and voice commands. That’s right, a drone you can shout at in the sky.
The patent, entitled “Human interaction with unmanned aerial vehicles, ” was issued to Amazon on March 20. As GeekWire reports, and the patent image above confirms, Amazon has come up with a way for us to interact with an unmanned drone while in flight.
Amazon describes a system whereby the gestures and vocal commands given can adjust the behavior of the drone. So, for example, the drone may be hovering over your property preparing to deliver a package. It spots you on the ground pointing and shouting “over there.” The drone then could leave the package where it thinks you want it. Alternatively, you could shout “wait” to get your kids out of the way before the package drops.
Those are just best guesses on how such gestures and vocal commands could work. For now, Amazon isn’t commenting further, but you can be sure they have some ideas about how to use this functionality.
It could turn out to be a very useful feature when a drone returns to get another package. Amazon staff could tell it to change behavior, go visit another warehouse location, or to rest, for example.