Over the past six months I’ve shared with you the progress of our ‘flying ball’ project Fleye. So I imagine you’ll be interested to know that we are now live on Kickstarter. The video tells our story and the page explains in more details the technical specifications.
In addition to the form factor, Fleye is also interesting on the computing performance side. We have a hybrid autopilot, using a cortex M4 for time sensitive control systems and a ARM A9 on board Linux computer to run custom drone applications. We will provide an API and SDK enabling developers to write custom application running directly on the drone.
Our platform is based on an iMX6, which has a GPU supporting OpenGL/OpenCL, and we support OpenCV, the popular computer vision library. This means that you can write applications that leverage the video feed to take actions, such as color/tag detection/tracking, face detection, etc.
Fleye is thus quite different than a classic RC controlled drone. We prefer to call it a ‘flying robot’ since it opens many possibilities to experiment safely with a fully autonomous flying platform.
What do you think? I would love to get your feedback and I remain of course available to answer your questions.
For the Fleye team,