Best Drone: AscTec Firefly with Intel RealSense

10. January 2015

Best drone: AscTec Firefly with Intel RealSense

The magazine The Verge, which covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture, awards at the International CES 2015: AscTec Firefly with Intel Real Sense as the best drone.

The Verge:

“Last year at CES, many drone companies talked wistfully of a world in which they have access to powerful technology that would let them fly autonomously and avoid obstacles. That goal seemed far off, with a lot of expensive and difficult research needed first. But this year an amazing thing happened: RealSense, an Intel project originally developed as a new interface for computing, got ported over to drones.

And thanks to a partnership with Ascending Technologies and its Asctec Firefly, we watched a drone fly itself through a forest and dodge clumsy humans in its way. Intel plans to make its technology widely available soon, ensuring the entire industry will have access to this breakthrough.”

Read the original statement by The Verge:

The collaboration of the two companies was publicly announced by Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation, during his keynote on January 6th 2015 at the International CES® (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Krzanich discussed the growing possibilities for self-aware drones, including inspection of fields and power lines, monitoring endangered species, and even delivering goods or emergency medication.

“We look forward to working with Ascending Technologies to integrate Intel technology into their solutions which will enable UAVs to see, react, and even move safely through the environment.” Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel Corporation.

Ascending Technologies will use the obstacle avoidance technology jointly developed with Intel to add a new level of safety to their future products. Drone operators and businesses relying on drone services will largely benefit from the unprecedented simplicity and safety of drone operations close to obstacles using this new technology. Reliable obstacle avoidance will also open entirely new fields of drone applications such as automatic delivery of goods or emergency medication.

Ascending Technologies says thank you to Intel for that great technology adventure.

Moreover we say thank you to The Verge for that great award: Best Srone & Best Press Event Award.

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