This week in San Fransisco at IDF (Intel Developers Forum) Intel released their newest development platform, the Intel Aero. When thinking about drones and their uses, hardware is subjective. The aspect that makes the drone useful for different applications is the software that is paired with the hardware. Having a drone that you can fly is great. Having a drone that can fly its self and navigate obstacles while flying autonomously is a huge deal.
The Intel Aero with Intel Realsense Technology will be the 1st open source Smart Vision development platform that is available to customers in an (almost) ready to fly package. (The Flight Control board is available now, with a RTF version coming before the end of Q4.) For reference, the DJI Matrice 100 featured a ‘guidance’ system that features 360 degree ultrasonic sensors that could sense an object, but could not 3D map its surroundings. This means that the Inel Atom is the 1st development drone with intelligent computer vision
and makes it the most most important development platform on the market today.
The possibilities with Aero are endless. For starters, imagine while flying a drone inside it
creates a 3D map of everything inside and is able to localize its indoor position based off the 3D map it generated and the IRS sensors. This will immediately make flying drones inside more safe and consumer friendly.
Another extremely valuable use case would be a racing drone that is incapable of crashing into gates, trees, or any other obstacles. Programming the IRS to know the size of the drone and to be capable of calculating the size of a gap or gates you need to fly through in real time is now a possibility with Intel Aero.
The launch of the Intel Aero is undoubtedly one of the most important releases in the drone developer space. The ability to develop on an existing flight control board that runs Dronecode, has Airware no fly zone support built in, and an Intel Realsese Technology add-on is going to open new doors for drones, developers, and in the end will benefit the general consumer. With the most important aspect of a drone being the software, I look forward to the day when I can fly a drone that was developed on the Intel Aero Platform.
Also shown at IDF was the Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology. The Yuneec Typhoon H sells for $1,899 and can be bought here.
SOURCE: Quadcopter Guy – Read entire story here.