Forget Telepresence Robots on Wheels, Google Wants Telepresence Drones

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Story by Raymond Wong, Mashable

Drones can do one thing existing telepresence robots can’t: fly up and down stairs.

This is one reason why Google thinks telepresence drones are a good idea, according to a U.S. patent discovered by Recode.

The patent, filed in August 2016 but made public on Thursday, describes a lightweight drone that could be used by remote workers to videoconference with colleagues indoors.

The patent claims the drone system could allow for a remote users to “feel as if they are present, at the same location as that of the second users.”

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