Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet masters

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Disney has never lagged in animatronics or high technology for its shows and theme parks — they’re more or less tiny, high-tech surveillance dystopias with classic rides, exorbitantly expensive food, and all your favorite TV and movie characters from childhood. But a handful of patent applications pointed out by MarketWatch are particularly interesting: the company is coming up with ways to use drones as TV screens and animatronic puppet masters. Each of the patents outlines uses for synchronized swarms of tiny quadcopters or multicopters, which could either supplement or replace its existing light shows, fireworks displays, and parade balloons.

The first two patents cover different methods of producing light shows, either with large,…

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