Intel a Leader in Developing Drone Technology

Intel has become one of the leaders in developing drone technology, from commercial drone systems like the Falcon 8+ and Sirius Pro for inspection, survey, and mapping applications to Guinness World Record making drone light shows utilizing Intel’s Shooting Star drones, and component systems like the RealSense depth sensing technology and Movidius AI computer vision and deep learning.

Commercial Drones

Falcon 8+

Intel Falcon 8 drone
The Intel Falcon 8+, with its patented V-shaped design, is ideal for commercial applications like inspection and close mapping. The V-shaped design helps in providing an unobstructed data capture with a greater than 180 degree view from top to bottom from one camera for a range of perspectives. The drone is also designed with superior safety in mind with electronic and hardware system redundancies. The AscTec Trinity Control Unit provides three redundant IMU’s and the UAV also features additional redundancies for communications, batteries, rotors, and motors.
The above (top) video shows an example use case for the Falcon 8+.

A detailed (video) overview of the Falcon 8+.

 

Here is another use case example: First responder firefighters.

 

Sirius Pro

Intel Sirius Pro drone
The Sirius Pro is a fixed-wing UAV designed for large area flying and can capture more than 2000 high-quality images in a single flight. It is able to perform fully automatic flights over inaccessible terrain without the need to set ground control points, significantly reducing time, cost, and human risk.

Watch how the Intel Sirius™ Pro system makes data collection with advanced flight planning easy, creating 3D flight plans and detailed models quickly for city mapping, spiral mapping, corridor mapping, and 3D elevation adaption with live mission control.

 

Drone Light Shows

Intel Drone Show
Image: Intel

Intel’s drone light shows utilize hundreds/thousands of illuminated UAVs, Shooting Star Mini drones, that brighten up the night sky in choreographed movement.

Intel set a world record performance during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony by flying over 1200 Intel Shooting Star drones, breaking their 2016 Guinness World Record for the most UAV airborne simultaneously with 500 drones.

READ MORE: Drones at the Olympics

Watch the crowds at the Coachella Music Festival enjoy an Intel drone performance with help from HP and GoldenVoice.

 

Technologies

Intel is developing leading edge technologies that will help propel the drone industry into future. Here are two.

Depth Sensing


Intel RealSense depth sensing technology in 2016 allowed the Yuneec Typhoon H drone to detect obstacles and automatically dodge them – a revolution in obstacle detection. The Yuneec Typhoon H was the very first semi-professional hexacopter as a ready-to-fly version, which, for the first time, was equipped with Intel RealSense technology.
READ MORE: Intel RealSense technology

AI


Movidius, an Intel company, is transforming the future of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate innovation for the next generation of smart and connected devices. By delivering low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating perceptual computing, Movidius is at the forefront of a new era of computing that enables new levels of intelligence for drones, robots, cameras, virtual and augmented reality, and other devices at the edge. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense™ capabilities to fruition.