Snapchat is secretly making drones

by Haadi Bakar
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While Facebook is busy toying with Virtual Reality headsets, its rival Snapchat is reported to be making drones.

Following its acquisition of an LA-based drone company last year, the popular social image/video sharing app could be building its own camera-equipped quadcopters. Perhaps we could be seeing Snapchat users take Live Stories hands free with the aid of drones in the future.

However, it is not yet clear whether Snap, the parent firm behind the social app, will bring these Snap-enabled drones to market.

It was reported that Snap acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, which has been rigging custom drones with high end cameras for film studios in the US, for less than US$1 million.

The timing couldn’t have been better for Snap as drone makers have been making quadcopters more accessible to consumers in hopes to lure in more people to take hands-free selfies and home-made aerial videos.

Image courtesy of Snapchat.

Now that it’s branching into drones, Snap is looking to position itself as a camera company, going up against GoPro and DJI.

Snap recently launched Spectacles, a pair of sunglasses equipped with cameras that lets the wearer take ‘snaps’ of what they see in front of them and instantly uploads to Snapchat.

The company went public earlier in March with a US$30 billion IPO.

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