Recently Filed Patent Reveals Drone Use to Control Show Elements

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From a recent patent filed by Disney Enterprises, Inc., it seems Disney may be looking to take their stage shows to new heights. Specifically, with the help of unmanned aircrafts such as drones.

In a recent patent filing entitled “Aerial Show System Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Energy To Animate Creative Show Element,” the company details a high-flying show system that would assist with bringing show elements in the air during live shows.

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According to the patent’s abstract description, it’s described as “an aerial show system for leveraging downwash and other forces to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/drone) as a creative element in a show.”

The patent also states that this show system would include a spinning propeller or fan on an object carried or tethered beneath the UAV’s (drone) body. The moveable compoment (showpiece) wouldn’t move on its own as it would rely on the movement of the drone to give it “actuation or animation.”

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The patent goes on to discuss how there is a strong demand for new ways to provide shows or displays in the sky and this system could be an answer to this demand. The patent also mentions that those looking for this type of entertainment are not only found in theme parks but also on cruise ships.

The patent argues that many current sky-based shows have relied on systems that were positioned entirely on the ground. Examples mentioned include fireworks or other pyrotechnic shows involving launching show components in a choreographed manner, timed with a soundtrack.

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More recently, show and display designers have begun to attempt to use unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in conjunction with live shows. However, the patent discusses how these have not currently “met all of the goals or needs of the show and display designers.”

At this time, the use of this design is not known. Additionally, it’s also worth mentioning that Disney has filed many patents for technology they’ve never used.

What are your thoughts on Disney possibly implementing more drone-based shows in their theme parks or on their cruise ships? Let us know in the comments! 

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