Zero Zero Hover Camera drone uses face tracking tech to follow you

Lee Mathews for Geek:  Camera-toting drones that can follow a subject while they’re recording aren’t a new thing, but a company called Zero Zero is putting a very different spin on them. It’s all about how they track what’s being filmed.

Zero Zero’s new Hover Camera doesn’t require you to wear a special wristband like AirDog. There’s no “pod” to stuff in your pocket like the one that comes with Lily, and it doesn’t rely on GPS either. Instead, the Hover Camera uses its “eyes” to follow along.

Unlike some drones that use visual sensors to lock on to a moving subject, the Hover Camera uses them in conjunction with face and body recognition algorithms to ensure that it’s actually following the person you want it to follow.

For now, it can only track the person you initially select. By the time the Hover Camera goes up for sale, however, Zero Zero says it will be able to scan the entire surrounding area for faces.  Cont'd...

Zero Zero Robotics Announces $25 Million In Funding, Unveils Hover Camera, the First Truly Consumer-friendly Self-flying Camera

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3D Robotics Announces Transformative New Software for the Solo Smart Drone Platform

The latest stream of cutting-edge software from 3DR includes augmented reality, interactive scene awareness and new Smart Shots, and it will dramatically enhance the aerial filming experience and all-around safety of drone flight.

Special Tradeshow Coverage for XPONENTIAL 2016

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Dedrone Releases Next Generation of Anti-Drone Technology

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Hijack a UAV? It's Not Easy to Do, as Demonstrated on China's Nationwide TV Network

At the 3.15 Gala hosted by China's nationwide TV network CCTV this year, white hat hackers demonstrated how they could utilize vulnerabilities to remotely hijack an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), sparking a debate among consumers about and focusing their attention on the security of smart devices.

America, Regulate Drones Now or Get Left Behind

Missy Cummings for Wired:  Drones are a big business and getting bigger, a reality that comes with both economic opportunities and risks. The UAV market is set to jump from $5.2 billion in 2013 to $11.6 billion in 2023. Opportunities for delivery services, cinematography, and even flying cell towers could introduce thousands of jobs and reinvigorate an ailing aerospace market.

At the same time, drone sales to hobbyists have exploded. Registered drone operators in the US now outnumber registered manned aircraft. In tandem with that growth, close calls with commercial aircraft have more than doubled in the past two years. An analysis of FAA reports by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone counts 28 instances in which pilots changed course in order to avoid a collision.  Cont'd...

Drones That Follow You Around Are The Feature of Drones, Data X Conference in San Francisco

Drones, Data X Conference in San Francisco June 3rd focuses on the merging of big data, computer vision, machine learning and drones for Industry. Announces DJI Phantom 4 Pre Order March 23

Drone World will take orders for the all-new DJI Phantom 4 on March 23, 2016.

How This New Drone Can Track Your Every Move

Lisa Eadicicco  for Time:  Drones can already follow professional snowboarders as they speed down a slope or keep up with mountain bikers racing through rocky terrain. But drone-equipped athletes are usually required to keep their phone nearby, since the aerial devices often rely on handheld devices’ GPS signal to track a person’s location.

DJI’s newest drone, the Phantom 4, claims to eliminate that hassle. The company says the Phantom 4’s new ActiveTrack feature uses the drone’s front-facing sensors to see and track a target.

“Being able to learn about the object, as it squats, as it rotates, as it turns, is really complicated,” says Michael Perry, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. “When you’re flying toward something, you have to make a decision to fly around it, fly above it, or stop. And to train the system to learn those different functions is also a big challenge.”  Cont'd...

Straight Up Imaging Launches the Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System

Straight Up Imaging announces the launch of their unmanned aircraft, the Endurance. The Endurance is a powerful, cost-effective, and easy to use professional grade platform that will allow customers to leverage the full potential of aerial imaging.

DARPA - FLA Program Takes Flight

They may not have zoomed flawlessly around obstacles like the Millennium Falcon did as it careened through the hull of a crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars VII. But the sensor-loaded quadcopters that recently got tested in a cluttered hangar in Massachusetts did manage to edge their way around obstacles and achieve their target speeds of 20 meters per second. Moreover, the quadcopters were unmanned … and real. Thus was the initial phase of data collection for DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently deemed an encouraging success.

DARPA’s FLA program aims to develop and test algorithms that could reduce the amount of processing power, communications, and human intervention needed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to accomplish low-level tasks, such as navigation around obstacles in a cluttered environment. If successful, FLA would reduce operator workload and stress and allow humans to focus on higher-level supervision of multiple formations of manned and unmanned platforms as part of a single system.  Cont'd...

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