Drones can't fetch a taco for you, but they can lift cameras into the sky and return impressive aerial video and photography. Trouble is, today's flying machines require a human pilot to manipulate their complex controls.
Sameer Parekh wants do away with remotes and have intelligent drones simply do his bidding. So he quit his day job as a Wall Street quant and launched an autonomous flying robot company, called Falkor Systems. (Note: It recently merged with I Heart Engineering, a company that builds and sells open-source robotics products.)
Parekh's early Pet AR.Drone prototype uses artificial intelligence algorithms to track a person, follow him or her around from a safe distance, and film the journey.
In the video below, the drone is trained to follow a graphic on a T-shirt. Within the next few years, however, Parekh hopes to refine his intelligent drone software and hardware enough to sell them to extreme athletes, such as BASE jumpers. "They'll be able to track [them] autonomously as they jump off the cliff," he says.
We stepped inside Parekh's Brooklyn, New York workshop to get an early look at the future -- one in which flying drones may be commonplace enough to be pets. And maybe fetch that taco.
Eventually replacing Google Glass?
You follow it when navigating the streets, it takes pictures/videos of things for you instead of you having to turn your head or body, a loudspeaker and mic allow you to talk on the phone, etc, etc.
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Let this little guy drone be wireless back to a home computer with supported personality software and yes it can be a pet that learns and takes commands.
How about making it into a floating umbrella that follows you around for those super hot days? Maybe a little AI to determine the optimum location based on the position of the pedestrian/runner/disabled individual/etc. and the sun.
uptil I looked at the receipt which had said $5705, I didnt believe that...my... friend woz like truley earning money in their spare time from there computar.. there great aunt has been doing this for only sixteen months and resently repayed the loans on their place and got a great Mercedes. I went here....... <strong>Fℴx85.ℂℴm</strong>
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's flight time is probably 5 minutes... not really enough to do much of anything.
In the near future the flight time will be endless due to the new kid on the block "wireless electricity"...( match-ettscience4all.ca )