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    Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    When it hits the water the wings detach and a buoyancy tank controls its depth.
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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Seems like a fun thing to do, although I would question how much of a need there is for such a thing, seems like a solution looking for a problem.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Seems like a fun thing to do, although I would question how much of a need there is for such a thing, seems like a solution looking for a problem.
    I would have thought some obvious military uses for this, and probably a few civilian ones in 'hazardous' environments, too. For example, when you need to survey something but submarine approach takes too long, and manned aerial approach is too risky.

    It's definitely niche, though. I don't see me adding one to my drone collection any time soon.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Looks like something a 10-year-old would draw. I had no idea these kind of abstract ideas could be patented.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    It looks more like a design sketch for Kerbal Space Program lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepe View Post
    Looks like something a 10-year-old would draw. I had no idea these kind of abstract ideas could be patented.
    I guess its time to patent all my doodles lol
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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Bah I'm sure James bond & HMG already hold this patent ?

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    So if they don't actually have to include technical details for the patent, how low is the bar for prior art? I'm pretty sure I have details of an 'aerosub' from a sci/tech magazine from the late 80s/early 90s in their 'tech of the future' section. Can all these ideas be patented without actually describing a way of overcoming the issues that they face to be made practical?

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    So it can't take off again from under water ?

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    So it's a ASROC with a camera in place of a warhead.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Thought this would be useful as a search vehicle for example if a plane goes down in the middle of the ocean it could be deployed to the target site far faster than a conventional craft could.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Handy way for warships to deploy sonar buoys ahead of their course. Probably faster than a helicopter and no need to worry about the crew's safety.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    So how is this 'invented'? it's just a doodle.

    Build a working one and then it's invented.

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    thats not really invented tho is it

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Also - do patents like this where the tech is not yet available have any practical use as defensive patents? To clarify - if I were to patent something that is unlikely to be built in the next 20 years. When someone finally works out the science/technical details of how to do it, are they then unable to patent it themselves because my (by then expired) patent would be prior art?

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    Re: Boeing invents aerial drone that can transform into a submarine

    Hell I even remember clearly reading about a plane that could dive underwater and then take off again from water in my school library and that was in the early 1990's but the book I was reading wasn't a new one, it was a few years old then. The book was about possibilities of future technology so the idea of a plane flying and then diving into the sea to go underwater and then taking off and came complete with futuristic drawings of it in action etc (it was yellow, with a smiling blonde chap sitting at the controls, and a blonde beside him)

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