"Everyone is building drones these days, but nobody knows how to get them to stop running into things."

MIT builds a drone capable of avoiding obstacles on its own

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Wed, Nov 4th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using off-the-shelves components, wing-mounted cameras and the processing power similar to that of a smartphone, MIT shows off how they were able to build a drone capable of avoiding obstacles all by itself.

[...] “Sensors like lidar are too heavy to put on small aircraft, and creating maps of the environment in advance isn’t practical. If we want drones that can fly quickly and navigate in the real world, we need better, faster algorithms.”

Running 20 times faster than existing software, Barry’s stereo-vision algorithm allows the drone to detect objects and build a full map of its surroundings in real-time. [...]

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