Remember Project Tango? Google’s crazy project to add 3D environment mapping abilities to a smartphone?
Yeah, someone just went ahead and took the next logical step: they plugged it into a drone.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania managed to get their hands on a prototype Tango device, and quickly strapped it into their self-built quadcopter.
This is probably a good place for a Skynet joke, but all I can see are Manhacks. Don’t forget your crowbar!
The video above can do with a bit of explanation, so here’s what you’re seeing:
- For the first minute or so, the drone is using data from the Project Tango unit (and only that data — no external sensors) to try to maintain its position in space. Notice that however the drone is jostled — up, down, left, or right — it returns to its original location.
- For the next few…
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