Swiss engineers demonstrate onboard visual navigation scheme on the Pixhawk quadrotor. Rapid disturbance response is achieved through low CPU usage and 30ms latency from shutter to control output.

Here, UPenn brings it to life with indoor navigation - another ROS compatible project. This demo involves processing much larger data sets and relies on some remote computing to crunch the numbers:

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Comment by Jason Short on September 17, 2010 at 1:57pm
Why does everyone keep sticking their hands on these things in the air? Have they never used a table saw before???

Comment by John Church on September 17, 2010 at 2:15pm
"Have they never used a table saw before???"
LOL! ;)
It's the "It won't/can't happen to me..." mentality :)

There's a developer here at work whose hands are his livelyhood (on his keyboard all day and a drummer on his own time) and stuck his hand in a table saw and lost 1/4 of his right hand... It CAN happen to you. Sometimes that's the risk we're willing to take though. :)

Comment by John Church on September 17, 2010 at 2:19pm
Excellent tech though (sorry- I need to keep on topic here ;) ) Optical systems are coming a long way!
Comment by Shannon Morrisey on September 17, 2010 at 2:21pm

Exactly!!! I'm sure there have been all kinds of spectacular accidents involving disgruntled quadrotors tired of getting pushed around all the time. I kind of feel sorry for them - the drones, not the people.


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