The autonomous, domestic drone goes beyond serving you a coffee and can play a game of tic-tac-toe with children who communicate with the drone through hand gestures.
Additionally, the TIC TAC drone can pick up and deliver objects to a location to assist the less mobile. It uses VLC technology from Philips Lighting, enabling it to pinpoint its location and navigate and act autonomously. This technology enables ceiling lights to act like an indoor GPS and transmit their location through a modulation of the light, which is imperceptible to the human eye, but detectable by smart devices such as drones. The camera on the drone does not record so no personal data is collected. The wireless operation between the drone and its ground station is made possible by communication technology from NXP.
Philips Lighting has visualised drones and droids in its 2030 Smart City Life virtual reality video. The TIC TAC drones has been developed by Blue Jay, which established the world’s first Drone Café. The temporary café had drones picking up and delivering items to tables.