I've been using this one in beta for a few months and I'm really impressed. Now it's available to everyone on Indiegogo. FlytPod  combines PX4 and ROS in a very easy-to-use SDK, with an onboard HTML-based ground station and a powerful Odroid-based computer with a long-range Wifi access point. A great deal at $399 for the early bird special.   

Whether you are building a drone for Agriculture, Inspections, Surveys, Delivery or Emergency Response, FlytPOD will help you accelerate your development. It comes with a hybrid architecture and a reliable sensor suite for safe operation of drones. Further, its powerful processor, communication system, support for variety of payloads and framework for developing onboard and offboard user apps will give you a headstart in building advanced drone applications. 

                  

                        



FlytPOD is an advanced flight computer that brings together Power and Simplicity to kickstart development of commercial drone applications.

RUN ADVANCED ALGORITHMS ONBOARD

The octa-core processor allows for implementation of computationally intensive algorithms. This opens doors for AI techniques with Computer Vision, Machine Learning enabling intelligent onboard decisions.


BUILD INTERNET OF DRONES

FlytPOD’s communication architecture allows your drone to connect with other drones, share data with ground devices, be it mobile, laptop or wearables and also connect to the cloud. Build internet of Drones with standard connectivity interfaces over WiFi, 3G or 4G.


INTEGRATE YOUR PAYLOADS

FlytPOD’s hardware interfaces are designed to support a variety of payloads so that you can equip your Drone with specialized sensors or actuators as required for your application domain.


RUNS ITS OWN OPERATING SYSTEM-FLYTOS

FlytOS is an Operating System for drones. This provides a solid foundation and a framework for developers so that you only need to focus on your business logic and you can quickly build apps specific to your domain.

FlytOS is based on Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System) making it an ideal platform for research and commercial drone applications. It comes integrated with proven PX4 autopilot codebase and provides high level functions for drone autonomy through FlytAPIs in ROS, CPP, Python, RESTful and Websocket.

BUILD SIMULATE DEPLOY

You can develop web or mobile apps for drones in your favorite development environment using the open FlytAPIs. The apps can be tested in FlytSim - 3D Simulator before the drone even takes off. FlytSim supports all the FlytAPIs and the simulated drone includes a RGB camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal along with a front-facing RGBD camera. After successful testing in simulator, you can easily deploy the apps on FlytPOD.

The exhaustive documentation and forum will help you get onboard and will support you through your development journey. 

HYBRID ARCHITECTURE

FlytPOD has a hybrid architecture with a real time flight controller and a high power processor for advanced functions. The critical flight stack is handled by the real time controller and is decoupled from the user apps enabling fail-safe.

           


RELIABILITY

For reliable state estimation, FlytPOD comes with a suspended IMU for vibration damping, an external magnetometer and support for RTK GPS. FlytPOD PRO also offers triple redundancy for IMU, dual pressure sensor and dual GPS for applications requiring higher reliability. 

 

BUILT-IN FUNCTIONS & APPS

Several built-in functions and apps complete the user experience and provide a solid foundation to for your own applications.



The main technical specifications are highlighted below. Click here for a detailed list. 

FlytPOD comes fully loaded with all the essentials to get you started with your drone app. For applications that demand higher reliability and superior performance, FlytPOD PRO offers sensor redundancy and faster eMMC upgrades.

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Comment by Francisco Ferreira on September 6, 2016 at 2:12pm

I believe that these type of products appeal more to DIY people and for those this wasn't cheap, just like the Pharos Antenna wasn't (and failed it's campaign too). They are (apparently) good products, but that isn't enough if their price isn't at the right point. Lot's of good products in different areas have gone under because the price couldn't get low enough to justify it.

If it isn't DIY then I think people will look for more integrated things, they don't want to need to mess with things. Like I've written before this guys are doing a great work, but this is more a solution to do development on top of it, not so much something that is plug and play.

Comment by Nitin Gupta on September 7, 2016 at 11:55am

Thanks James. Just two points:

1) FlytPOD is compatible with Ardupilot stack, as well. Here are the details: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blog/show?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A2239516

2) The key contribution is FlytOS, the software that powers FlytPOD, and makes is super simple to build, simulate and deploy powerful drone applications (onboard/offboard apps, etc.). We had to build FlytPOD, as FlytOS users were having a hard time setting up their own {Pixhawk/Ardupilot + Odroid/TX1 + Communication} systems. FlytPOD makes it a lot easier to get started.

FlytPOD/FlytOS do come with a set of out-of-the-box applications (github repo: https://github.com/flytbase). No further development is necessary to use any of these apps.

Comment by Al B on September 20, 2016 at 9:24am

Can the vehicle with the FlytPOD still fly if the onboard Odroid crashes?

Comment by Nitin Gupta on September 20, 2016 at 10:24pm

Absolutely! A number of safety features have been built (and thoroughly tested) into the hardware and software design. The basic autopilot (STM32 based) will switch to a pre-programmed fail-safe mode in case of Odroid failure. Either a hover/RTL can be initiated, or the vehicle can be controlled via RC (manual).

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