“Drobotron used for advertising, entertainment…
As cars cruised past the Parc Corniche Hotel this week, passengers may have noticed a first-of-its-kind sight hovering high above the International Drive resort.
A 360-degree LED video screen mounted on a drone displayed videos of the hotel, as well as advertisements promoting pizza and $5 margaritas at the resort’s restaurant.
‘Our patent revolves around a flying TV,’ said Drobotron inventor Bobby Watts. ‘The first time I saw it fly I thought, ‘Wow, this is a game-changer.”…
Watts, who is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones commercially, attached a 40-by-10-inch video display to an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Video clips, still photos and text can be uploaded to Drobotron before the radio-controlled aircraft takes flight.
To ensure safety, the 30-pound drone cannot be flown over people. But Drobotron’s video screens can easily be seen as it flies a safe distance from crowds.
‘Even on a bright sunny Florida day, you can see the screen for hundreds of feet,’ Watts said.
A promotional video for Drobotron shows the drone displaying the words ‘Grand Opening’ over a new business and informing passersby that a home is ‘For Sale.’
Some have suggested the aerial billboard could be used to display emergency messages during search and rescue operations, flown during fireworks and theme park shows or be utilized as a scoreboard during surfing competitions, according to Watts…
For $200 per hour, Watts’s company will fly Drobotron over a customer’s event or business. He has also begun taking preorders from licensed drone operators who are eager to purchase one of the $20,000 flying billboards.
‘This is our first aircraft. We’re working on bigger ones and bigger ones,’ Watts said. ‘So this is only the beginning.'”
–Mike DeForest, ClickOrlando.com