The DX Battle Drones (DXBD)
Overview of the Battle Drones
In the near future the U.S. military has placed six human-analog battle drones, (costing approximately $1 Billion each) into military operations in the ever-continuing Middle East Conflict. Each battle drone (DX) is operated by a DX Operator (DXO), from the DX Command Center (DXCC) in Tampa, Florida. Significant combat training and field experience is required to be come a DXO. Each DX in a war zone is accompanied by a platoon of elite ground troops led by DX Trooper (DXT) whose job is to assist the DXO in their operation of their DX. (Click here for more acronyms and abbreviations.)
Each DX Battle Drone (DXBD or DX) will be distinguishable in a common manner for more rapid identification both in the narrative (on the battle field) and for the audience as the observe from the DX-POV, especially when moving to the POV of other DXs. This distinctive feature will be in the form of a unique pattern and color near the neck of the DX. Each DX Operator (DXO) will have the same patter/color on their uniform, and in the DXCC Control Station where they operate. This will help the audience more quickly associate the DXO with their DX, whether observing the Traditionally Framed Media (TFM) or VR Media (VRM).
Each DX Battle Drone (DXBD or DX) will carry a number of weapons and be almost impervious to IEDs and other mines, RPGs, close-quarter explosives, bullets up to a .50 caliber round, fire to 3,000 degrees, radiation, biological warfare, and all EMP and other electronic attacks. They can climb stairs and run and operate any device or machinery that a human can. When a DXO speaks English, their DX translates their words to the language of the person being spoken to, such as Farsi. In reverse, the DX translates what is being said around it into English for its operator.
The Audience and the Drones
As has been explained elsewhere in this INNERDRONE Show Bible, the audience will get to experience the perspective of the DXO every time any DXO enters his or her battle drone. This is accomplished through a synched feed to the audience member's Virtual Reality Media (VRM) device, or personal head-mounted display (HMD) such as a Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, or HTC Vive. If they do not have an HMD, then they can continue to watch through their television or other Traditional Framed Media (TFM) device and still experience the show. But a much more engaging experience will await all who have an HMD at the ready while watching INNERDRONE. See VR Tech for more info.
In addition, each DX Battle Drone will have its own online log, including its make and model, and the history of its operations. This will give the audience further details in the both the show, and the characters, etc. In addition, as new HMD technology is released, the drones will get 'upgrades' in the narrative such as to explain the improved VRM experience.
We fully anticipate CG-based gaming and other merchandising will be created relative to the "You are in a Battle Drone" dynamic.
Creation and Operation
One of the many exciting concepts and elements of INNERDRONE is that the actual human analog drones (mocked up as battle drones) will serve as their own VR camera platforms. We anticipate they will be built and operated by one or more robotic manufacturers, with the VR camera rig built by a company such as Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, CA, which has extensive experience building such rigs.
Current Battle Drone Developments at DARPA
The U.S. Defense Department, working with Boston Dynamics and others, is currently developing human-analog battle drones for military operations where such a non-autonomous robotic android would be better suited to the risky situation and environment. Here are a few videos discussing DARPA's current work on the human-analog battle drone concept.