Parrot wants to be the undisputed protagonist in the drone market and for that they have been working in recent months, which now translates into several more than interesting presentations. Among the novelties that little by little are reaching the market in the French company, we find what they themselves have baptized as Parrot SLAMdunk, a development kit that will help any drone or robot to move indoors, avoiding obstacles and mapping the environment through which it moves.
This new development kit has just been announced at the Interdrone conference that is taking place during these days in the North American city of Las Vegas. If you are interested in such a kit, tell you that, as the Parrot managers have announced, it will be available in the market in the last quarter of this year 2016 at a price that unfortunately has not been specified.
Parrot SLAMdunk, a curious name for a development kit that you will like
As you can see in the images in the gallery, the kit is an accessory that you must add to your drone, which means that you must add an extra weight of just over 1 kilogram to it. It internally has a processor Nvidia Tegra K1 capable of running the operating system Ubuntu 14.05 with the Robotic Operating System framework, enough to, together with two cameras capable of obtaining stereoscopic images at 60 FPS and various sensors, make your drone become intelligent.
The company hopes that developers and researchers will use the SLAMdunk to create drone prototypes and robotic solutions, with the aim of using them for autonomous navigation and 3D mapping products. Although Parrot is best known for its drones, this kit will also work for ground robots or articulated arms.
Further information: Ubuntu Insights