Patrick Poirier's Blog (9)

Autonomous Flying using the RealSense T265 Tracking Camera in GPS Denied Environment

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As part of a Google Summer Of Code (GSOC). I have the privilege to Mentor a talented PhD Student of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, named Thien Nguyen.

Since the beginning of this project , Thien has delivered a series of Labs to serve not only as milestones for the project but also a step-by-step guideline for anyone who wishes to learn about using the power of computer vision for autonomous robot to follow. The…


Added by Patrick Poirier on June 26, 2019 at 2:46am — 11 Comments

Avoidance Experiments with the POC and Benewake TFMIN

Ahhh... Winter in Canada ...

While the kids play hockey outside with sticks and a puck , I play inside with sticks and a POC !!

A few month ago I started experimenting with the Avoidance Library:…


Added by Patrick Poirier on January 27, 2018 at 12:03pm — 4 Comments

PocketPilot , a new Linux FC based on the 25$ PocketBeagle®

**There is a new puppy in the family !!**

**PocketPilot** is a smaller versions of the BBBmini (, designed for use with PocketBeagle (, a small version of BeagleBone Black). It provides a very small &…


Added by Patrick Poirier on January 26, 2018 at 3:14pm — 17 Comments

Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation

On-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes. Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel. We view helping to solve this problem as core to our mission and…


Added by Patrick Poirier on October 27, 2016 at 10:24am — 7 Comments

AI-powered drone inspections unveiled by Aerialtronics, Neurala and NVIDIA

One of the world’s first automated inspections by an intelligent drone with deep learning capabilities was demonstrated at the GPU Technology Conference Europe today by Aerialtronics, a Dutch manufacturer of technologically advanced drones, Neurala, a pioneer in deep learning software, and NVIDIA®, the world leader in…


Added by Patrick Poirier on September 29, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Qualcom is paving the path to 5G: Optimizing commercial LTE networks for drone communication


As a leader in 4G LTE technology, Qualcomm and its engineers did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity to test LTE-controlled drones in real-world scenarios. We were eager to analyze how, and if drones could…


Added by Patrick Poirier on September 8, 2016 at 6:21am — 1 Comment

Intel to Acquire Movidius: Accelerating Computer Vision through RealSense for the Next Wave of Computing

Combined with Intel’s Existing Assets, Movidius Technology – for New Devices Like Drones, Robots, Virtual Reality Headsets and More – Positions Intel to Lead in Providing Computer Vision and Deep Learning Solutions from the Device to the Cloud

Computer vision is a critical technology for smart, connected devices of the future. (Credit: Intel Corporation)


With the…


Added by Patrick Poirier on September 6, 2016 at 8:27am — 27 Comments

MINI-Zee: a $100 DIY smart drone with the Pi Zero and APM

I finally received my Raspberry Pi Zero,  just in time to get into the DIY challenge of building a smart drone with the Pi Zero and APM under 100$. I called this project: MINI-Zee

How this can be done?

Well first of all, thanks to…


Added by Patrick Poirier on March 18, 2016 at 9:00am — 114 Comments

Take a look under the hood

ADAS , will this be the next generation of autopilot ?




The next step toward fully autonomous  UAV systems is based on acquiring and processing in real-time, information from visual (and/or other spectrums) surrounding space around the vehicle, and  sending  steering commands to the flight control unit so that navigating across an…


Added by Patrick Poirier on November 10, 2015 at 11:40am — 5 Comments

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