Parrot announces a dev kit that helps drones see and avoid obstacles

Parrot, the French company that is probably best known for its AR.Drone and Bebop drones, today announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a new development kit for helping drones and robots navigate indoors, avoid obstacles and map its surroundings. The S.L.A.M.dunk (I know I’ll never tire of typing that out), which the company announced at the annual Interdrone conference in Las Vegas today, will be available in the last quarter of the year. The company has not announced pricing yet. The 4.9oz kit uses an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and runs Ubuntu 14.04 with the Robotic Operating System framework on top. It uses two fisheye cameras for stereoscopic imaging at 60 frames per second, as well as an ultrasound sensor, an inertial measurement unit, a barometer and a magnetometer. The kit also features USB and HDMI plugs.

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