[Venture Beat] Augmented Pixels helps drones fly better indoors and outdoors
Satellite navigation has been a boon for drones. But there are a lot of places, such as indoors, where you can’t get a signal for the global positioning system, which messes up drone flights.
That’s where Augmented Pixels has provided a solution. The Palo Alto, California-based company has created a way for both robots and flying drones to navigate in GPS-denied environments, both indoors and outdoors.
Instead of GPS, it uses computer vision. And the improved accuracy will lead to a broader range of possible services drones and robots can provide in the future, the company says.
Right now, toy drones are used for very basic operations and games. More expensive custom drones — costing more than $100,000 — are often cost prohibitive. But Augmented Pixels believes it can get cheap drones to fly offline with high precision, or accuracy within one to two centimeters. And it will not require trained pilots or specific knowledge of drone operations.
Augmented Pixels has developed software and other technology that uses a camera to help a drone navigate better.
“We started developing our own technology in 2014 and initially included the robust performance during fast movement and the support for a wide range of sensors in the specifics of our technology architecture,” said Vitaliy Goncharuk, founder and CEO of Augmented Pixels, in a statement. “In 2015, these characteristics turned out to be of critical importance for a number of industries, including car, drones and household robots manufacturing.”
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