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Facebook, DJI join hands to offer live streaming from drones

The possibility (reality?) of live streaming 360-degree VR video from drones isn't all that far!


Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference saw some drool-worthy announcements, ranging from chatbots, professional 360-degree VR camera and Facebook’s upgrades to its live video streaming service.

Of late, Facebook has been taking the live video streaming business quite seriously to rival against YouTube and Twitter’s Periscope.

Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage (watch the entire keynote at the end of this post) to announce that Facebook will soon be releasing an API for the live streaming service. This will essentially enable developers to integrate livestreaming feature from facebook to almost any camera.

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Drones are no exclusion from this API (and that’s really what we’re interested in), and we had a familiar drone from DJI — the Phantom 4 — that Zukerberg used to livestream himself showcasing the tech from the stage.

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DJI drones aren’t newcomers to live video streaming. Back in 2015, the Chinese firm announced support for livestreaming from the drone on Youtube and Youku (popular in China).

Cape, a professional drone filming service that offers on-demand aerial video recording service for consumers also announced that it is all set to integrate Facebook’s API into their service and “bring next generation drone services to consumers”.

It is only a matter of time until drone livestreaming becomes mainstream and with Facebook’s partnership with Oculus, the posibilities of livestreaming 360 degree VR content from drones aren’t that far away either.

Keynote Video