news    views    podcast    learn    |    about    contribute     republish    

AR Drone

by   -   April 10, 2015

ardrone2_1

Previously known for consumer products for smartphones, tablets and cars, Paris-based Parrot recently branched into both the consumer and commercial drone businesses.

by   -   July 1, 2013

ARDroneSubscribingFeedback

This is the third tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series.

In this tutorial we will:

  1. Learn about the AR.Drone’s state feedback (and how it is handled by ROS)
  2. Learn about the AR.Drone’s tag detection
  3. Program our first ROS nodes: A subscriber and a publisher
by   -   May 3, 2013

A growing business within Parrot S.A., (PARRO:EUROLIST B) is their AR.Drone line of products, parts and software. Their first quadcopter product was developed internally by (1) observing the $1 billion market in radio controlled helicopters, (2) seeing gamers interest in using their game devices to drive cars, planes and copters, and (3) the increasingly widespread use of MEMS inertial sensors and high-definition digital cameras in consumer products.

Astrodrone is both a simulation game app for the Parrot AR.Drone and a scientific crowd-sourcing experiment that aims to improve landing, obstacle avoidance and docking capabilities in autonomous space probes.

As researchers at the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team, we wanted to study how visual cues could be used by robotic spacecraft to help them navigate unknown, extraterrestrial environments. One of our main research goals was to explore how robots can share knowledge about their environments and behaviors to speed up this visual learning process.

by   -   January 4, 2013

This is the second tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series.

In this tutorial we will:

  1. Talk about the ROS communication hierarchy
  2. Setup a joystick to work with ROS
  3. Fly the AR.Drone with a joystick
by   -   December 10, 2012

Updated December 17th.

In this tutorial (#1) we will:

  1. Install ROS, the AR.Drone driver and AR.Drone keyboard controller
  2. Fly the AR.Drone using the provided keyboard controller
by   -   October 31, 2012

Parrot (PARRO on the Euronext Paris exchange), a French company famous for its audio and wireless devices for phones and cars, unveiled their first AR.Drone at CES in 2010 to huge crowds (I was there). The updated AR.Drone 2 was previewed at CES 2012 and is now available for sale. The big difference is the addition of a HD wide angle video camera.

by   -   October 10, 2012

 

In July, the Parrot Group partnered with senseFly, a Swiss start-up and spin-off from the Swiss EPFL, and invested $5.3 million to help senseFly grow. Their initial plan was to develop a high volume manufacturing capability and fund rapid growth and new product development. The eBee is the first such product from that venture. The just announced 3′ wingspan eBee can fly for 45 minutes in 45km/hr winds, and will enable users to take their own aerial photos and produce precise ortho-mosaics and 3D models. senseFly has also established an impressive global network of resellers which presently excludes the US (because of FAA regulatory limitations). The eBee meets the special needs of mining and surveying professionals because of its wind resistance and robustness, high precision 3D image processing and mission planning software.

by   -   June 15, 2012


Researchers at the Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have created a robot to support you while exercising. Joggobot is a modified version of the popular AR Drone quadrocopter platform developed by French company Parrot. The robot will track a marker pattern printed on your t-shirt and fly ahead of you when you go out for a run. The researchers describe Joggobot as an “exertion game”. They believe that jogging is play – we are not jogging to get from A to B, but for the experience of jogging – and point out that jogging with a physical device that reacts to its environment and, similar to a human jogger, has a limited amount of energy for exercise creates a very different interaction experience than pure audio-visual stimuli such as aerobic videos. They hope that the robot can improve the jogging experience and enhance our understanding of why we jog (and hence why we do not jog enough).

by   -   January 2, 2012
Tell us what apps you want.

In July of 2008, the app store concept was launched by Apple and it has dramatically changed the mobile industry. Over 1.2 billion apps were downloaded between Christmas and New Year according to Flurry Analytics. That’s about 60 percent higher than every week of December before Christmas, and marks the largest number of apps ever downloaded in a single week.

Robot app stores are now beginning to happen as well and visions of apps for tele-robotic safety and surveillance pop into mind, or light domestic duties, or…? My imagination runs wild at the thought and I imagine these new apps being easy to use, having multiple functions and a low cost.



Robot Operating System (ROS) & Gazebo
August 6, 2019


Are you planning to crowdfund your robot startup?

Need help spreading the word?

Join the Robohub crowdfunding page and increase the visibility of your campaign