Jackie – an Indoor Flying Security Drone (VIDEO)

Jackie Wu and Ritwik Ummalaneni want to create a full line of robotic products for the internet of things. Their first product offering is Jackie, a small drone intended to be used indoors and controlled through your smartphone. The drone combines the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter with an HD camera and computer vision algorithms.

Jackie allows users to check that the oven is off, or the front door is locked, or the dog hasn’t ripped up the sofa.

A smartphone app controls the quadcopter and gives the user the ability to fly to a location and then come back to base for recharging. Multiple viewing is supported so several family members or house mates can monitor the same device.

The charging pad has speakers and a microphone so the user can interact with any pets that are at home during the day. Algorithms built into the vision system can be set to detect anomalies so that the user doesn’t get alerts unless a new event occurs. … (read more)

Source: Engineering.com