Canon Files Patent, Could Be Entering Drone Wars

Jun 19, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Canon Files Patent, Could Be Entering Drone Wars

Jun 19, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Drones.  Some love ’em; some hate ’em.  We simply report on them.

According to reports circulating around the web, Canon may be the next big player to announce its contendership in the great drone race based a patent filed with Japanese Patent Office.  While details are very limited at this time, Canon has apparently filed a patent for some form of drone-related technology, making them the first of the major camera companies to take such a step.

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According to patent number 2015-106840, which was just published on June 8th, the technology has more to do with drone positioning and location than an actual drone itself at this time.  The information listed in the patent filing includes:

 

  • Control the angle of the vertical and horizontal direction of the camera
  • The analysis of the position coordinates from the GPS satellite
  • The stored coordinates of the object
  • Altimeter

Pretty vague, we know, but so was God’s command of, “Let there be light”…and next thing you know we have Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber.  While this is not a definitive commitment by Canon to bring UAV technology into every home in America, it is an interesting move that will probably see other manufacturers following suit.

What I’m really anticipating is the epic dogfight between Canon and Nikon, lobbing new mirrorless cameras while zipping about and shooting each other with mini laser canons to establish superiority of the skies.

[via Canon Rumors | header photo by Richard Unten]

 

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Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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