NVIDIA Jetson TK1 kit enables local analysis of data captured by UAS, satellites

More than 3,500 professionals flocked to NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), where NVIDIA CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Developer Kit, enabling software developers and engineers to harness mobile processors for the advancement of avionics and other embedded systems.

NVIDIA’s new developer platform, based on a mobile supercomputer for embedded systems, will assist in the development of systems and applications that employ computer vision, image processing, and real-time data processing. Aerospace and defense use cases include enabling robots to seamlessly navigate and drones to avoid moving objects, officials say.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It’s not often that you hear about a device – what’s essentially a high-powered toy – breaking records flying across international waters. That’s what’s happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey – that’s more than a kilometer – with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new “High Density Battery”, so as you can guess, that’s exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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This trip across the water was not made with an iOS or Android device controlling it – not the whole way, anyway. While we’ve recently had a bit of a trip of our own flying the AR.Drone 2.0 with NVIDIA SHIELD, this trip was made with the Parrot Flight Recorder module and a pre-laid GPS track. The “pilot” of this drone actually ended up using a MacBook to lay out the flight plan for the drone.

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