DJI unveils Manifold 2 on-board supercomputer to make drones autonomous

- Alex Douglas | Commercial Drone Professional

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DJI has introduced the Manifold 2, a compact onboard supercomputer for DJI drones that can turn them into autonomous robots.

With the new capability, users would be able to process complex image data onboard the drone and gets immediate results.

Users can also program drones to fly autonomously while identifying objects and avoiding obstacles.

Jan Gasparic, director of strategic partnerships at DJI, commented: “Through partnerships with some of the industry’s leading computing companies and chip manufacturers, we are enabling DJI drones to become intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing literally on the fly.”

He added: “Manifold 2 expands the use cases of drone technology exponentially by allowing businesses, developers and researchers to build the most advanced autonomous aerial robotics solutions for nearly any industry or task.”

Manifold 2 provides powerful intelligence for a variety of applications with the ability to choose between an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU or NVIDIA Jetson TX2 supercomputer on a module for AI at the edge.

Both versions are compatible with DJI’s leading enterprise drones including the Matrice 210 series and Matrice 600 series and can be integrated into the drone’s internal systems and sensors using DJI’s software development kit.

Each Manifold 2 includes USB, UART, CAN ports and more, allowing developers to link multiple Manifold 2 processors and build on top of them to transform DJI drones into specialized aerial robots for specific applications and industries.

DJI Manifold 2 is available for purchase through authorised DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide.

Original article at Commercial Drone Professional, here.

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