"eBumper" sense-and-avoid add-on for drones

The "eBumper incorporates acoustic and vision sensors as inspired by insects to enable safe flight operations". When it senses obstacles it takes over control of the vehicle and moves away to a safe distance. It will be available first for the DJI Phantom and then for other vehicles. No pricing yet given.

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Comment by mP1 on May 21, 2014 at 5:41pm

The sensor housing looks like a sad alien face, especially the eyes and painful mouth.

Comment by Mustafa TULU on May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

It should be questioned if this is really need or not. 

Comment by Toby Mills on May 21, 2014 at 7:10pm

cool idea, but I'd like to see how it handles a 747 travelling towards it at 800kph

Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on May 21, 2014 at 7:10pm

No proof of concept either. 

Comment by Sean Tierney on May 21, 2014 at 7:41pm

I met with these guys last week, the technology is really impressive.  I am looking at it for close quarters aerial videography.

Comment by HeliStorm on May 21, 2014 at 9:06pm

Walkera had a little quad that used IR and ultrasound to avoid obstacles. From what I read, it wasn't that great of quad, but I have thought the idea was sound, just not the implementation perhaps. Its interesting this is an add on feature. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Comment by HeliStorm on May 21, 2014 at 9:08pm

Well, the website is sparse on information. Did I miss a page somewhere?


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 21, 2014 at 9:08pm

It will be great for building inspections, DSA tech is out there and I am wondering whats holding up its integration.

Comment by HeliStorm on May 21, 2014 at 9:16pm

Gary...in my own little vision of the future, I can see most houses and buildings having their own little fleet of drones. Tiny ones, and not all flying. They would do things like inspection, pest deterrence, security, maybe even simple repairs. Its still some time off, but I think it will happen. Houses and buildings will become almost like living organisms. Maybe I just dream that because I have a woodpecker that hangs around, that I would love to scare away with an automated quad.

Comment by HeliStorm on May 21, 2014 at 9:16pm

That was kind of off topic. BUT, not hitting the house is the first step in that plan! SO, there is some relevance. 

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