Percepto, an add-on computer vision module for drones, now on Indigogo

Another day, another Pixhawk/IRIS+ compatible crowdfunding project! Meet Percepto, now live on Indiegogo:

Our mission is to create a valuable open-source ecosystem, not just a product, to harness the power of a strong developer community for the future of drone innovation.

 Building community - Help us bring Percepto out of the lab
 The more demand for Percepto now, the cheaper we can manufacture them
 Be one of the 1st Percepto owners
 Save significantly during the campaign and after (with enough backers we can lower the market price).

  What's In The Box?  

Percepto is a tiny black box ​that consists of a Tegra K1 based processing unit and a camera which easily connects to almost any drone, enabling users to create, upload and use existing apps from one centralized place, known as the Percepto Marketplace.

Included Software

Percepto App Marketplace 

Percepto App Marketplace is meant to be the 1st marketplace designated for drone apps. Percepto's open source platform allows drone owners to reuse and share software driving down the cost of of developing new drone capabilities.


   What's Unique?

    Plug N Play Percepto




Technical Specifications

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Comment by robin singh on March 12, 2015 at 10:58pm

This is to the most amazing thing happened to drones, since drones.

Comment by Randy on March 13, 2015 at 5:10am

Looks really really good.  They had me at NVIDIA Tegra.

I'm definitely getting one.  I hope we can get a MAVLink interface added so the integration with copter and plane can be tight.

Comment by Raviv Raz on March 13, 2015 at 6:42am

@Chris, Thank you so much!!! This community as well as some of your books were a true inspiration for us in the creation process of Percepto. So your support is special for us and we really appreciate it.

@Robin we share your enthusiasm! 

@Randy, MAVLink integration is already operational. As you might remember from my occasional questions, our development platforms are mostly based on the PIXHAWK flight controller and only mature features are being adjusted for other flight controllers. In your case, we are really excited to see what you can achieve with a Percepto.

Comment by Thomas Stanley-Jones on March 13, 2015 at 11:48am

Have you already started developing something similar to the eBumper setup that we saw on DIYDrones recently?  Instead of 6 sonar units, 6 cameras, for the purpose of collision avoidance with better definition and range.  Maybe each sideways looking camera needs to be 2 cameras (a total of 10 cameras then, including one up and one down) to better 'see' the range of objects moving against the background.  It sounds like this system is perfectly capable.

Comment by Jiro Hattori on March 13, 2015 at 3:09pm

@Ravi, So you will provide hardware, SDK and application platform by using Tegra K1. It is not clear the detail of application on your platform. The reason to asking is that Tegra K1 may have outstanding performance for image processing but I do not know how to use.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 13, 2015 at 8:13pm

Used to make jokes in 1999 about selling a bag of silicon around which a community of open source developers would form to build millions of dollars of software around it.

Comment by hotelzululima on March 13, 2015 at 8:47pm

choices, choices.. 

while the processor for this is the K1(2014) and its an excellent processor.. the tegra X1(2015) is an octocore and gives you 256 cores.. and quite a bit more performance and is already being targeted at car automation etc..

    the tegra K1 Jetson dev board was released last summer for about 192.00.. for price point comparisons no companion camera no flight adaptation etc..

and its seems that the K1 supports opencl which gets you to all that openCV loveliness..

hmm when can you ship??? how much does it weigh(IRIS + is overweight with a gimbal and gopro..)

     parallela 16 core starting to lose its shine in comparison... although really wish they would consider the X1 vs K1


Comment by Thomas Stanley-Jones on March 14, 2015 at 6:23am

I'm really interested in this, but I would like to see what the code of an App looks like.  I didn't find anything online to see what it would take to develop an App for Percepto.

Comment by Raviv Raz on March 14, 2015 at 6:32am

@ Thomas Stanley-Jones  Currently Percepto supports up to 3 cameras. For your suggested configuration you can use 2 Perceptos integrated. We will re approach this idea when the hardware needed will be at reach. But you can start exploring the possibilities with one Percepto and let us know your insghts.

@ Andreas Our first apps are copter oriented but Percepto can be integrated in to any unmanned vehicle or robotics application. 

@Jiro Hattori Development of computer vision applications on Percepto is done in a Linux environment with common libraries such as openCV and opanCL some of which are pre accelerated by NVIDIA. We believe that this is the broadest common ground for computer vision developers.

hotelzululima  We will be shipping on oct 2015. Weight of Percepto in its box is 140 grams but if using just the PCB without the box it can be reduced to about 20 to 30 grams. That is if you are in to DIY and mounting it within the IRIS+ shell. We are in close discussions with NVIDA and the K1 is most suitable to be integrated in a product in our planned time frame.

Comment by Jiro Hattori on March 14, 2015 at 3:38pm

The pledge reached  $31,083, more than 50% of their goal. Most of people looking for nice little Tegra board.


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