On a recent trip to San Fransisco I got an invitation to meet up with Anil Naduri Director of Perceptual Products & Solutions who runs Intel’s Drone club I couldn’t say no! Intel’s drone club meets once a month so that employees can see what all the fuss is about. If they’re like me they might have gotten a play around with a budget drone which doesn’t offer quite as cool of an experience as something like the DJI Inspire 1.
The Inspire 1 will cost you around $2800 but it comes with a lot of bells and whistles, it comes with carbon fiber arms lift out of sight, allowing for a full 360⁰ view. If you happen to see the blades in your video it’s because the stabilization is in action causing the body to tilt so the drone can either fly forward at breakneck speeds or simply stay in place to fight the wind. If you’re wondering what Santa Clara looks like from high up above I’ve got a short video here for your enjoyment!
Unfortunately, Intel’s drone club isn’t about flying some of their prototype drones, there are two that are worth mentioning. The first I saw at Intel’s Make it Wearable competition towards the end of last year. Nixie is a wrist mounted quadcopter that will fly out with the flick or the wrist to capture life’s photos. It’s running an Intel Edison board and can be seen having a demo flight towards the end of my hands on video from CES 2015 back in January.
The next video that’s worth checking out is a drone sporting 6 Intel RealSense 3D depth sensing cameras. The drone is able to navigate on it’s own missing obstacles like the trees in the demo below. Intel’s Real Sense technology does more than just know where you hands are to interact with you computers or when a drone is flying up into something. It can also do face detection, read your emotions and even track where you’re looking.
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