DJI needs you to construct sentient drones with its tiny pc

DJI wants you to build sentient drones with its tiny computer

DJI has created a pc referred to as Manifold that extends the capabilities of its Matrice check drone. It is a platform for builders to construct on, which DJI says can flip drones into “really clever flying robots that may carry out complicated computing duties and superior picture processing.” Consider it as one thing like an overpowered Arduino constructed particularly for drones. In addition to custom-made ports for interfacing with the Matrice, the Manifold has USB, Ethernet, Mini-PCIe, HDMI, UART, SPI and I2C ports, which permit for all method of sensors and add-ons to be related. It is powered by an Nvidia K1 processor with Kepler graphics, runs Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (a model of Linux with “lengthy-time period help”), and weighs lower than 200g.

DJI wants you to build sentient drones with its tiny computer

As a result of it runs Ubuntu and has a Kepler GPU, the Manifold performs good with developer APIs and libraries, parallel processing instruments, and robotics platforms, with help for CUDA, OpenCV, ROS, DirectX, and OpenGL. DJI believes this mix will permit builders to construct “synthetic intelligence purposes” for drones. It particularly calls out pc imaginative and prescient (the CV in OpenCV) and deep studying. The lengthy recreation? Your drone “won’t solely have the ability to sense the encompassing setting, but in addition determine objects and reply immediately.” Manifold goes on sale at $499 at the moment, and can ship November fifteenth. In fact, if you wish to make this flying pc fly, you will have to shell out the extra $three,299 for the Matrice check drone as nicely.

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