Intel reveals Aero, read-to-fly quadcopter drone for software developers to increase its share in the rising drones-based market. The new flying hardware by the chip maker company is not targeting hobbyist or commercial drone operators but people who develop the software for them.
Intel Developer Forum is the tech company’s sole hardware expo where they can ostensibly present their futuristic tech ideas. The Aero comes pre-assembled with Linux-operated Aero Compute Board, RealSense for vision, and AirMap development kit. All these features give Intel’s version of quadcopter a paramount appeal over commercially available drones.
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Intel’s AirMap is a mapping software for drones to guide them in safe and legal fly-zones. RealSense, is the yet another hyped phenomena which the company claims gives robotic technologies a clearer sense of learning about their environment. The company also has shares in drone technology startups like Yuneec, Airware, and PrecisionHawk. Back in January, Intel had also acquired Ascending Technology, an autopilot company.
Other chip makers like NVIDIA, Ambarella and Qualcomm are also trying to find their way into drone chips. But every company gets a bite in some contribution to cameras, boards etc. Appears like the tech giant is trying to use the Aero quadcopter drone only as a pathway to get an entry in the machine development world, with more powerful chips.