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Personal iDrone with Wearable Docking-and-Release Station for Hands Free Drone Usage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246322D
Publication Date: 2016-May-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that combines the use of a small personalized drone with a home-base landing/docking/release mechanism (i.e., nest) that the user carries or wears. The pilot sends the drone from the nest to perform a simple task, and then on the pilot’s command, the drone returns to the same nest to recharge.

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Personal iDrone with Wearable Docking

Personal iDrone with Wearable Docking-

Drones enable users to see or do something from a distance; however, these drones are mostly remote controlled via a remote controller in the hands of the pilot/user, and the automatic return to a home location cannot be applied as soon as the pilot moves position. Currently, drones are purely global positioning system (GPS) - based, and functions to return to "home" are based on the history of the starting-location. In addition, staying stationary is based on the current location, and not on the pilot's location.

The following systems or methods are needed to improve the functionality and ease of use with a drone :


To allow automatic take-off and landing for personal drones, without the pilot having to manually steer the drone back to the hands. This can allow people more freedom to perform other tasks.


To have a more functional personal drone that can perform simple tasks and then return to the owner

The novel contribution is a system that combines the use of a small, personalized drone with a home-base nest . The core idea is to place the drone on a landing/docking/release mechanism (i.e., nest) that the user carries or wears. The pilot sends the drone from the nest to perform a simple task, and then return to the same nest to recharge. While connected to the nest and recharging, the small drone is safe.

The approach offers hand-free take-off and landing of the personal drone as well as a readily available charging station. The drone belongs to the person carrying the nest, and automatically locates the nest and returns even when the pilot/owner has changed location. The drone can execute simple tasks without the operator steering the drone. People will have the ability to use their hands for other purposes, while the drone is executing a task.

To implement the system in a preferred embodiment, the user carries a docking station (i.e., nest ) for the small, lightweight personal drone (i.e., bird). The drone can contain a GPS, Bluetooth*, small camera, led lights, sound...