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Posted December 11, 2015

Fleye is an autonomous flying robots with open API and SDK. It is programmable with an open API and SDK that makes it a great development platform for anyone willing to explore the future of flying robotics and its potential applications. All moving parts are fully shielded so you can hold, touch, push, and bump into it without any risks of injuries.

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It can be controlled using an iOS or Android app. There is no need of piloting skills, just select a flying camera mode (selfie, panorama, virtual tripod, etc.), watch the live video stream and focus on capturing great photos and videos.

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It has a powerful on-board computer with a dual-core ARM A9, and a hardware accelerated video encoding, two GPUs, 512MB of RAM and it runs Linux OS. It also supports Computer Vision library OpenCV. This means that it can be programmed to execute mission autonomously, reacting to what it sees in its environment. Complex tasks can be accelerated thanks to a GPU supporting OpenGL and OpenCL. A machine becomes a robot when it is capable of observing its environment and taking autonomous decision based on what it sees.

Specs

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General

  • Size: a sphere of Ø23cm (Ø 9”)
  • Total weight: 450g (16oz)

Flight

  • Generic 3S 1500mAh LiPo battery with XT60 connector
  • 10 minutes flight time
  • +/-10cm (3”) hovering precision
  • 15km/h (10mp/h) maximum speed
  • 8km/h (5 mp/h) wind tolerance

On-board sensors

  • 3-axis accelero, gyro and magnetometer
  • Pressure based altimeter
  • Sonar – Measure ground distance up to 3 meters (10′)
  • GPS
  • Bottom camera for optical flow tracking

On-board computer

  • Dual or Quad-core ARM A9 800Mhz CPU3
  • Hardware video encoding – 1080p 30fps
  • GPU supporting OpenGL and OpenCL
  • 512 or 1024MB RAM
  • Yocto Linux
  • USB and serial extension port
  • WiFi (100m range)
  • micro SD-card slot

Camera

  • 5mpx Omnivision 5640 sensor
  • 160° FOV lens
  • 1080p 30fps video
  • 720p H264 RTSP low-latency preview
  • 1080p MP4 stored on SD card

The project campaign is on the Kickstarter and is looking to get €175000 to start mass productions. Early bird prices are gone, but backers can get one with a pledge of €699. Shipping is estimated to start in Feb of 2016.

 

 

Source: Kickstarter

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