Autonomous Drone

MIT graduate student Andy Barry built an autonomous drone that’s only capable of flying at speeds up to 30MPH, but also automatically avoid obstacles that stands in real-time. It’s powered by a Samsung Galaxy S3-sourced Quad-Core CPU, weighs in at a light 664 grams, and boasts two stereo cameras. What really sets this drone apart is the software it runs, which computes the flight trajectory, where obstacles are, and dozens of other parameters for the flight within milliseconds as its flying through the air. “One of the most significant things about this project is that the drone has no idea what’s about to happen or what it will do next until just milliseconds before. It operates similar to how self-driving cars operate. If something out of the normal happens, such as a branch or tree gets in the way – it must make split second decisions. It’s always scanning about 10 meters ahead for obstacles, which gives it enough time to react,” reports Geek Inspector. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showcasing every James Bond gadget ever.

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