Monday, 12 September 2016 11:44

Parrot, Canonical announce drone development kit


The French company Parrot, that makes high-tech wireless products, has announced a development kit for designing advanced applications for drones.

Known as Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, it has advanced software applications based on a simultaneous localisation and mapping algorithm.

The kit can be used to create autonomous and obstacle avoidance drones and robots. It is powered by Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System and provides developers a familiar environment to prototype solutions such as autonomous driving and 3D mapping.

Another option is to use the on-board stereo camera and sensors for data gathering.

The Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk needs to be attached to a drone (as seen below), plugged into the power source and flight controller and the drone is transformed into an intelligent robot.

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The Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk weighs 140 grammes and has a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, a fish-eye stereo camera with a 1500×1500 resolution at 60fps, an inertial-measurement unit, an ultrasound sensor, a magnetometer and a barometer.

It also has an HDMI port and if this is plugged into a monitor a full Ubuntu 14.04 desktop can be obtained. Development can be done within this environment and tested right away.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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