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Autonomous Drone with Smartphone Brain

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There are plenty of fancy autonomous drones on the market. Not everyone has access to one though. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use consumer-grade electronics to program autonomous drones? The below video shows an autonomous drone that uses a smartphone as its brain. The phone looks at the environment and takes pictures to figure out where it is in the environment.

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This Drone Uses a Smartphone for a Brain

All the computation and sensing is done on the phone, including higher-level autonomy, planning, control, and computer vision algorithms. GRASP Laboratory is behind this innovative project. You can find out more here.

[via: IEEE Spectrum]

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