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10 July 2018

Airlango has launched Mystic, an advanced AI-powered drone with the ability to recognize and autonomously follow its owner, obey gesture commands from the ground, and take high precision photos. The drone can do all of this without any interaction from the user.

The Airlango Mystic. Source: Airlango/KickstarterThe Airlango Mystic. Source: Airlango/Kickstarter

Airlango’s proprietary technology has a neural computing-based AI system and flight control on one chipset. The company hopes this new drone will be one step toward drones helping users by using advanced perception and neural processing.

The Mystic drone comes with an array of features. The drone has a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 12 MP camera with hybrid image stabilization, and can fly for 30 minutes at a time.

Mystic uses technologies that are currently used in self-driving cars. These technologies include stereo vision, object detection and tracking, visual positioning, obstacle detection and avoidance, and navigation and planning algorithms.

The drone comes with four different modes. Safari Mode uses artificial intelligence and machine learning so the drone can slowly fly itself along a route that the user created. In this mode, the drone autonomously takes pictures of interesting scenes and objects. Gesture Interaction Mode allows the drone to be operated with up to six hand gestures that the user can set. Owner Recognition Mode syncs the drone so it recognizes and locks in on the user and responds with a unique reckoning. Users can control the drone with just gestures. The last mode is the Autonomous Follow Me Mode. This mode uses Airlango’s 3D tracking so Mystic can autonomously follow an object and avoid obstacles.

The object detection and tracking use neural network models and stereo vision with the algorithm. This creates a 3D geometric model to compute the distance from the drone to the object, and to plan the trajectory and to prevent hitting objects.

Mystic can perform precision film techniques with state of the art accuracy as well as smart techniques such as template photos with intelligent framing, autonomous circling and more.

To learn more about Mystic and donate to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page.

To contact the author of this article, email Siobhan.Treacy@ieeeglobalspec.com


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