The Japanese company NTT Docomo has just announced its new drone in the form of a mini-airship. Using ultrasound rather than rotors, it is quiet and safe in a crash.
Propellersare usually exhibited, representing for anything they might touch, like birds or humans. We will remember the photo of singer Enrique Iglesias, his hand bloodied after trying to catch a drone during a concert. With this new drone, this is no longer a problem. He is lifted by a balloon and does not embed any rotor.
Presentation of the drone-airship which uses an ultrasonic propulsion system. © NTT Docomo
A perfectly silent drone
The device uses a fairly original mode of propulsion. On each side of the ball is a small modulewhich creates currents of thanks to , thus moving the device. Such will not be able to operate outdoors, but it has the advantage of being perfectly silent. Equipped with a camera, it can therefore film indoors, for example during events, in commercial buildings … without risk for the participants and without the characteristic drone roar.
The device is also equipped with, and in the absence of a rotor it should have excellent autonomy. The company plans to market its by March 2022, but has not yet released a price.