One of the things that thrills me the most is watching the ecosystem grow around the APM/Pixhawk platform, ranging from simple cloners to the most advanced value innovators. An example is the new and very impressive Follow-me copter projects on Kickstarter, all of which are based on the Pixhawk/PX4 platform. We're supporting all of them and love them all equally, but the first one we've announced a formal collaboration with is the AirDog team, to work together on next-gen follow and autonomous video capture technology. Stay tuned for more!
Here's AirDog's announcement:
Last week on July 3rd, AirDog team members convened at the labs of 3D Robotics (3DR) in Berkeley, California and signed a cooperation contract.
Over the next few weeks, several of AirDog’s key engineers will be transitioning into the 3DR labs in order to collaborate closely with 3DR on advanced drone technologies.
The makers of the AirDog are committed to creating the best auto-follow drone. The innovative partnership with 3DR is a crucial part of maintaining this commitment.
AirDog uses the Pixhawk autopilot hardware component, which is provided by 3DR. Pixhawk is an open source flight controller, which integrates with all the onboard electronics of the AirDog. 3DR has an ambition to become one of the leading drone technology platform providers in the world.
Edgars Rozentals, CEO of Helico said, "By being closer to each other, we have access to a Pixhawk platform development roadmap. It will make it much easier to fully focus on the development of our business level application — an auto-follow drone and obstacle avoidance solution. Our goal is to develop personal drones that have excellent user experience and powerful software that delivers what we have promised. The 3DR technology platform creates a solid base for the goal to be achieved”
"The talented team behind AirDog have a clear technology and business vision. We're delighted to welcome them as a premier adopter of the 3DR platform and look forward to working with them to combine our technologies for an unprecedented flight and video experience," commented Chris Anderson, CEO and co-founder of 3DR.
The wider community of drone engineers, innovators, thinkers, and fans are eager to see what new technologies, inventions, and creativity will come from the AirDog + 3DR cooperation.