The Blade Runner ‘flying screens’ could become a reality

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(From Daily Mail) The 1982 American cult-classic Blade Runner used ‘flying screens’ to play advertisements – and a Japanese firm has brought them to life with a spherical drone display.

Docomo is comprised of a spherical external frame, an internal LED frame consisting of a series of eight curved LED strips that extend from top to bottom, a drone fitted inside the sphere and legs protruding underneath.

During flight, the LED frame spins on its axis in a rapid horizontal motion, forming an afterimage effect to create the illusion of a solid sphere of motionless LEDs.

The main idea of Docomo is that it can be operated anywhere, including venues such as concert halls or arenas where it can fly around as part of a performance or deliver advertising messages, event information and more.

The maximum diameter of the spherical frame is about 34 inches (88 cm) and the entire device, including the drone, weighs just 7 pounds (3.4 kg).

And the display measures 144 pixels high and 136 pixels wide (horizontal circumference).

Prior to the birth of Docomo, many consumers have reported difficulties with equipping a drone to a spherical display.

The main challenges included the display interfering with the airflow of the drone’s propellers as well as the added weight of the display.

But the Japanese firm believes it has found a solution.

Docomo uses a largely hollow display that is exceptionally lightweight and allows air to flow through it, yet it still achieves the illusion of a solid display by creating an afterimage effect with rapidly spinning LEDs.

The firm aims to commercialize its spherical drone display in the fiscal year ending in March 2019.

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