OpenRelief uses APM, Raspberry Pi to build disaster imaging UAV

OpenRelief is a project to build a UAV that can use advanced image processing to quickly identify information on the ground that can help relief workers. It uses APM as the autpilot and Raspberry Pi for image processing. The plan is to be able to quickly identify smoke, roads and people from the air to "help disaster relief efforts see through fog".


You can read more about the technical details in this pdf, but there are some slides and video from that below:




(Thanks to Andrew Zoli for the tip!)

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Comment by Kevin Brown on November 3, 2012 at 8:31am

They could sure use this in the north east right now

Comment by Harry on November 3, 2012 at 10:09am

That's a good looking plane.  The vision stuff is fascinating.  I could see starting with a synthetic model of the environment and the vision tricks are used to fill in with real and useful data.   

Comment by Patch Thompson on November 3, 2012 at 11:09am

Following; the potential is massive.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 3, 2012 at 1:09pm

Wish they used bigger images.  Did it say open relief?  Can't read it.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on November 3, 2012 at 1:27pm

This combination of APM and Raspberry Pi with image processing might be perfect for the Robomagellan competition!



Comment by KM6VV on November 3, 2012 at 2:40pm


Interesting!  I think there is a Pi/ROS/Neato 'bot in our club.  I'm currently planning on using the mini-ITX. 


Comment by Russkel on November 3, 2012 at 7:51pm

This is very interesting. Image processing can only become more accessible with great projects like Parallella and Raspberry Pi being developed.

Comment by Kabir on November 3, 2012 at 8:49pm

Cool! I have a RPi in my bixler now, but doesn't do anything yet, so I might try something like this!

Comment by c j g on November 4, 2012 at 2:30am

Which communication between RPi and APM is the best/stable?


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