In this year’s Super Bowl Show, Intel has used 300 drones to help Lady Gaga show. Today, Intel drone officially sale on the official website. Aero Ready to Fly Drone will be the strongest competitor of DJI?
Intel’s “Aero Ready Fly Drone” is priced at $1099, including a flight controller, a remote controller, and a transmitter, but not includes the battery. The weighs of the version which not include the battery is 865 grams, the maximum wind speed can withstand 15 knots (about 7.72m/s), the maximum flight speed of 15m/s, the maximum altitude of 122 meters, the maximum control distance is 300 meters, the working temperature is 0~45 degrees.
Intel recommends 4000+mAh, as well as XT60 plug in high capacity 4S lithium polymer battery. According to Intel, the use of Intel recommended battery, you can fly in the state without load for about 20 minutes.
Intel drone automatic flight with GPS, autonomous navigation, automatic identification and obstacle avoidance function, and is equipped with Intel’s own 3D RealSense depth camera, can be used for object recognition and rough measurement. The fuselage is made of carbon fiber material, and is equipped with electronic speed controller, motor and propeller, but also equipped with a large number of sensors, such as altimeter and magnetometer.
Intel has been active to enter the UAV market in recent years. Previously, Intel has invested in UAV manufacturer Yuneec ( a Chinese company), and has merged Ascending Technologies (a German UAV manufacturer), MAVinci ( a UAV software developer), and Silicon Valley start-up visual processing company Movidius ( DJI Phantom and Mavic is used in Movidius VPU).
In the Super Bowl debut “Shooting Stars” can change color and draw images in the air, and these UAVs can fly together, through the algorithm to plan the flight path. Aero Ready Fly Drone and Shooting Stars is similar, can also be programmed, and through programming into a computer vision implanted UAV to.
A spokesman for Intel said that some drone users only need to be able to develop their own applications for UAVs, Aero Ready to Drone Fly is aimed at such users.
Currently on the market with the price of the product is DJI Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro, but also equipped with a 3D camera for visual flight, and also has the function of obstacle avoidance, the flight time in 28 minutes. Phantom 4 maximum control distance of 5 km, while the maximum control distance of Mavic Pro is about 7 km, much longer than Intel’s Aero Ready to Fly which only 300 meters.
Intel has started selling Aero Developer Suite, mainly for those who want to start from scratch UAV enthusiasts. However, users need to buy a separate RealSense camera, motors and other accessories.
Aero Ready to Fly Drone Compute based on Intel’s own Aero motherboard, the motherboard is the Atom Intel x7-Z8750 processor, equipped with 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM, support extended memory card, 802.ac WiFi, and a USB 3 interface.
The UAV also has 8 million front camera, as well as a downward VGA camera to help smooth flight. In addition, there is a dedicated automatic flight function of the ARM microcontroller, as well as a Altera Max 10 FPGA, running Linux operating system.
It is just beginning…