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Ballooncam: a drone system for staging sports and events

29 July 2016

Panasonic Corporation has developed a prototype of a drone system, ballooncam, which combines a drone with a large balloon.

Panasonic ballooncam (Credit: Panasonic)

The ballooncam can be used for staging various sports and events. Panasonic will continue to conduct demonstration experiments to bring this camera to market and to bring to life solutions that can be used to push the boundaries of event production by combining this camera with other Panasonic products such as projectors.

The ballooncam is a staging tool with an innovative structure involving a drone enveloped by a large balloon. Since the drone is completely housed in the balloon, it enhances safety. Moreover, by optimally controlling the thrust force of the propeller, this all-new drone system realises both excellent stability and mobility. The ballooncam can be equipped with a camera, LED, and projector, so it can also light up and display a wide range of information.


1. Surprising performance using the entire body of the ballooncam: 

The ballooncam may be creatively used for surprising, amazing performances such as displaying images, lighting performances, or signage. The flexible body also creates a soft, friendly ambience.

2. Realises both mobility and long flights: 

Powered by four propellers, the ballooncam can fly around event venues in synch with the planned performance. Furthermore, as it uses the buoyancy of the large balloon and saves energy while in flight, it can be used for long durations of time.

3. Shoots dynamic aerial images:

Since the drone is completely wrapped inside the large balloon, it can fly close to and even above the audience, allowing organisers to shoot dynamic aerial footage.

In order to provide new entertainment solutions and services, Panasonic will further study the shape of the body, develop control technologies catered specifically to the ballooncam, and accumulate relevant know-how.

Video courtesy of Panasonic.

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