The Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology today announced it is now available for preorder.
The Intel RealSense R200 Camera and Intel Atom processor adds intelligent obstacle navigation through a combination of specialized cameras and sensors.
The Intel system is able to map and learn its environment in 3D, so it can recognize and learn obstacles and then plan an alternative route to navigate around it.
The Intel announcement is an upgrade for the previous collision prevention system Yuneec used in its original Typhoon H. The previous Typhoon H (check out my review here) used ultra-sonic collision prevention which stopped the Typhoon H from hitting obstacles but left it hovering in that position, unable to navigate around obstacles.
DJI’s Phantom 4 is, in most instances, currently able to navigate drones above obstacles if it can see the top of the obstacle (a Phantom approaching a small tree is intelligent enough to fly over it, but a Phantom approaching a wall with a roof over it wouldn’t be able to determine a way to avoid the wall and would also hover in place).
Yuneec’s drone also adds downward facing sensors to improve stability, enabling flight indoors or outdoors close to the ground, even with poor GPS reception.
“Intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance in complex environments powered by Intel RealSense Technology expands creative possibilities and enhances safety for our customers,” said Yuneec CEO Yu Tian in a prepared statement. “Now, users can confidently operate Typhoon H with RealSense Technology in a wide variety of environments that previously required highly-technical piloting.”
The drone will cost $1,899 and ship within four weeks.