Maybe you've read the statistics on how many drones are filling our skies: The FAA anticipates 7 million by 2020. Perhaps you've heard about how drones are revolutionizing commercial operations. It's possible you know someone who has a drone of their own, or seen a quadcopter hovering over your local park. The reality is there's no shortage of drones filling our homes, stores, skies, and seas. It should come as no surprise that the technology is steadily making its way into our media.
We have developed an autonomous robot system that takes well-composed photographs of people at social events, such as weddings and conference receptions. In this article, we outline the overall architecture of the system and describe how the various components interrelate. We also describe our experiences deploying the robot photographer at a number of real-world events. The system is capable of operating in unaltered environments and has been deployed at a number of real-world events. This article gives an overview of the entire robot photographer system, and provides details of the architecture underlying the implementation.
"As if the debate over immigration and guest worker programs wasn't complicated enough, now a couple of robots are rolling into the middle of it. Vision Robotics, a San Diego company, is working on a pair of robots that would trundle through orchards plucking oranges, apples or other fruit from the trees. In a few years, troops of these machines could perform the tedious and labor-intensive task of fruit picking that currently employs thousands of migrant workers each season. The robotic work has been funded entirely by agricultural associations, and pushed forward by the uncertainty surrounding the migrant labor force. Farmers are'very, very nervous about the availability and cost of labor in the near future,' says Vision Robotics CEO Derek Morikawa."
People used to dream about robot secretaries. Futurists imagined a world where computers obeyed our every command. When the Amazon Echo hit the market, that dream became a reality: Alexa was obedient, personable and all-knowing. She could carry out a myriad of basic tasks, with a personality as professional and unflappable as a human assistant. This year, Echo is more popular than ever, and despite competition from Google, Amazon still dominates 75 percent of the virtual assistant market.
Alex Karpenko hands me a camera and tells me to run. We're standing on a pier in San Francisco, and the device in Karpenko's hand is an unreleased prototype of a new, software-driven video camera called Rylo. Karpenko wants me to see what he and co-founder Chris Cunningham show recruits and investors when they ask why they should get involved. Karpenko says I don't have to worry about where to point the camera, or try to hold it still. So I grab the camera--a small, oblong 360-degree shooter with a lens on either side--and start running.
But a team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and ETH Zurich hope to make drone cinematography more accessible, simple, and reliable. Then, on the fly, it generates control signals for a camera-equipped autonomous drone, which preserve that framing as the actors move. With our solution, if the subject turns 180 degrees, our drones are able to circle around and keep focus on the face. The researchers tested the system at CSAIL's motion-capture studio, using a quadrotor (four-propeller) drone.
A year or so ago a new type of drone hit the (preorder) market. It was the self-flying camera drone – a device that promised to combine camera and AI technology to create a drone that you could essentially throw in the air to follow you around and take photos and videos. Some of these drones include Snap, Lily, Staaker and Hover. Most of these companies have raised tens of millions of dollars in either equity or preorders, but have taken a while to actually ship a product. But today Hover is announcing that its first camera drone – named Passport – is going on sale today for 549 – a 50 discount on its eventual retail price of 599.
When action camera maker GoPro unveiled its Karma drone last month, it addressed one of the biggest issues with most high-end drones: Portability. With its foldable legs, the Karma is easier to transport from point A to point B and back again. Just days later, drone maker DJI responded with the Mavic Pro, its own foldable drone that, when packed, is smaller than a loaf of bread, and, like the Karma, also sized to be stashed away in a backpack. Despite its compact physique, the Mavic Pro has plenty of high-end features. It can see and avoid obstacles, track a subject as it moves, and automatically fly to a spot selected by the pilot.
Chinese drone company DJI unveiled Tuesday a new model that it claims is nearly as compact as a water bottle when packed up. The Mavic Pro, shipping on Oct. 15 for 999, is debuting a week after action camera company GoPro unveiled its long-awaited Karma drone, which also folds up for easy transportation. The Mavic Pro's arms and propellors fold alongside its body, making it possible to fit in a backpack or purse, DJI says. DJI's focus on portability extends to the Mavic's controller as well, which is smaller and can be used with or without a smartphone to display live video from the aircraft. DJI will be selling the Mavic Pro without its controller for 749 and a combination package which includes the drone, two extra batteries, extra propellors, a charging hub, an adapter, and a shoulder bag for 1,299.
Number one drone manufacturer DJI gives USA TODAY a test drive of it's new 999 foldable 4k camera drone, the Mavic Pro. In one corner, action cam manufacturer GoPro, which last week unveiled its first drone, the 800 and foldable Karma. And today, No. 1 drone manufacturer DJI responds by unveiling Mavic Pro. Like the Karma, the Mavic is small and totable, with a full-featured 4K camera and software for easy flying. The camera will sell for 999 and be available in mid-October.