Looks like, drones could become one of the hottest trends of 2016 in the tech world.
Now, just ahead of CES 2016, Qualcomm has released new video revealing features of the Snapdragon Flight drone platform. It is powered by Snapdragon 801 and the board has been designed to support 4K, quick charge, capability to communicate using dual-band 2×2 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GNSS location chips.
The drone can easily return back to its launch pad by avoiding obstacles, which means it can come back to its starting point without the need to control it. The Qualcomm Flight drone promises up to an hour of battery life on a single charge. The video shows a 4K capable camera, a down-facing tracking camera and stereo cameras for visual inertial odometry. Qualcomm will most likely reveal more about the drone at CES 2016.
Meanwhile, Intel has ensured that it isn’t late to the party. Another report highlights that the company has acquired German drone firm Ascending Technologies. According to Re/code, Intel has acquired startup Ascending Technology for an undisclosed amount. Intel is holding a keynote at CES and the company may reveal more details then.
At CES 2015, Ascending Technologies had helped Intel show off a game of ‘drone ping pong’ that was demonstrated using a hovering drone that automatically moved away from approaching people and obstacles. The flying robot AscTec Firefly was equipped with up to six of Intel’s RealSense depth cameras.