Drones being developed that can transmit augmented reality

3 Apr 2015

Image via Sysveo

The European Space Agency (ESA) is funding a whole new way of utilising drones’ filming capabilities, with augmented reality adding a pretty cool facet to what they can do already.

Sysveo, a French company that builds drones, received ESA support to develop a patent it purchased a few years back, which looks at interactive broadcasting of images.

By adapting that to their drones, it means that in the new future we may be able to plan infrastructure with a third dimension of blueprints, to a degree, by flying over a particular zone and portraying how a new structure would look if built.

“Architects could easily use this for creating a real-time simulation of the building they designed, and see it on the ground,” Sysveo’s CEO Clement Alaguillaume told Motherboard.

“And they could take real-time decisions without going back to their office, as they could make as many simulations as they want with the drone.”

What’s interesting is the lack of actual alterations to drones, as the implementation of such a service can be done at a purely software level, which means if developed this could roll out across all drones.

The ESA’s interest in this is comes from its business incubation centre in the south of France.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic