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Parrot’s new robot developer kit will give any drone eyes

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Parrot introduced its new Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk developer kit this week. The kit works with software that’s based off the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm (aka S.L.A.M.). That algorithm allows drones to take in and map their environment in 3D and then place themselves in that world and avoid barriers when there’s no GPS signal. The hardware part of the kit comes with NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor.

Here’s everything else that’s installed on the physical kit:

  • A fish-eye stereo camera with 1500x1500 resolution at 60fps
  • An Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • An ultrasound sensor
  • A magnetometer
  • A barometer

As for programming, S.L.A.M.dunk is based on Ubuntu and Robot Operating System (ROS). And it's not just for drones: S.L.A.M.dunk can be mounted to just about any Linux-based robot. We don't have pricing information yet, but it should be available later this year.