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Samsung gets patent on design of disc-shaped drone

Samsung Electronics Co. has been granted a patent on the design of a disc-shaped drone, hinting that the electronics giant may make inroads into the booming market for commercial drones, according to South Korea's patent authority Friday.

The patent was filed in April this year and formally registered earlier this month, the Korean Intellectual Property Office said. 

This photo captured from a website of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a design of Samsung's disc-shaped drone. (Yonhap)
This photo captured from a website of the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a design of Samsung's disc-shaped drone. (Yonhap)

Samsung said the drone is designed to be equipped with a camera. Unlike conventional drone designs, the Samsung drone features a circular design with a fan in the middle.

The drone's design is inspired by a "disc-shaped spacecraft," Samsung said, adding that the drone is made of synthetic resins and metallic materials.

An industry official said Samsung's smartphone business division is believed to have developed the drone as part of its business diversification, but there are no specific plans, including when Samsung will launch the drone. (Yonhap)

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