NTT Docomo Develops Flying Spherical Display Using Drone

May 7, 2017
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
"Floating Sphere Drone Display" (source: NTT Docomo)
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"Floating Sphere Drone Display" (source: NTT Docomo)
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The display in flight (source: NTT Docomo)
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NTT Docomo Inc announced April 17, 2017, that it has developed "Floating Sphere Drone Display," a drone that is equipped with a surrounding spherical display and flies while displaying video on the display.

It can be used for dynamic performances at concert halls and live shows and as an advertising medium (like an advertising balloon) that flies around and displays advertisements.

The drone exists inside "LED Frame," which is made by arranging LEDs on circular frames. When flying, it displays spherical images by rotating the LED Frame at a high speed. By utilizing residual images of LEDs, NTT Docomo solved problems of "blocked airflow generated by the propeller" and "increase in weight."

NTT Docomo will consider providing the Floating Sphere Drone Display for events at stadiums and concert halls, aiming to commercialize it in fiscal 2018.