Smartphone controlled quadcopter functions without human intervention

Vienna University Smartphone powered Quadcopter

Smartphone controlled quadcopters that take their navigation commands from a mobile device at a distance using an app are so old fashioned. Adding spice to things, Virtual Reality Team at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have created a new age quadcopter which features a smartphone on-board. The new quadcopter propelled by four rotors doesn’t require human interference to navigate through a room – thanks to the smartphone as brain, the autonomous helicopter maneuvers its way around a room entirely on its own.  

Similar drones built by companies like Parrot are piloted using a smartphone app, thus these are more like toys, Vienna quadcopter on the other hand is more autonomous gizmo, which can be used in a variety of situations where humans cannot even provide assistance to a rescue device. The quadcopter utilizes on-board smartphone’s camera to provide visual information while the phone’s processor functions as the brain.

To test the quadcopter’s navigational abilities, Vienna researchers equipped a floor with visual codes to create a virtual map. The quadcopter easily picked the codes to navigate the environment and reach a pre-defined region. It took the designers about $1,300 in to build various parts, in the near future however, the quadcopter can be much cheaper and better.

Vienna University Smartphone powered Quadcopter

Vienna University Smartphone powered Quadcopter

Via: UniversityofVienna/Gizmag



Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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