Intel shows Yuneec Typhoon H- intelligent drone with Real Sense tech
Intel’s new consumer drone tech puts a display in the controller so you can see what the drone is seeing.
Intel said it plans to develop technology that will let “drones fly with more awareness of their environments” and help them “avoid obstacles and collisions.”
Intel was once known for making the chips found inside nearly every PC.
Now it wants its chips to power drones that could hover behind every person.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the company showcased a drone made in partnership with Chinese drone maker Yuneec that can follow you around in real-time and even sense the environment around it.
The drone, called the Yuneec Typhoon H drone, comes with Intel’s 3D Real Sense camera, which allows it to “understand” what’s happening around it.
Intel’s Real Sense camera is capable of detecting things like a person’s blood pressure and heat, while identifying any obstacles in front of it.
To showcase its ability, Intel brought out a biker on stage and made the drone follow him around. It was able to automatically avoid obstacles like a falling tree that landed in front of it, while following the biker in real-time.
“This is the world’s first truly intelligent consumer drone,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said. “It can navigate any obstacle. Any other drone would have crashed into the tree.”
In a blog post, the chip company said the acquisition of the Krailling, Germany-based company lets it “integrate the computing, communications, sensor and cloud technology required to make drones smarter and more connected.”
Some of Ascending Technologies products already use Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The company sells its products, which can be used for visual inspections of hard-to-reach places and 3D mapmaking, to companies and researchers.
Auto-avoidance systems, such as the ones being developed by Ascending Technologies, could prevent drones from crashing into trees, people and airplanes. According to an analysis of government data by Bard College researchers, airplane pilots said that drones flew closer than 500 feet to their aircraft 241 times from December 2013 to September 2015.