CES 2016: Intel Shows Off Commercial Drone, Transforming Scooter Robot
Intel is proving that they can make more than just computer chips. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Intel showed off a drone and a special scooter that can transform into a robot.
Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich entered the CES floor in style, riding a hoverboard on his way to introducing the new Yuneec Typhoon H drone, CNet reports. The drone's name "Yuneec" is pronounced "unique."
The Typhoon H uses Intel's RealSense 3D technology to capture more depth when it takes pictures and video as it flies. The drone has collapsible propellers, retractable landing gear and a 4K camera. The controller features a screen that allows the user to see exactly what the drone is seeing in real time.
"This drone is made with the end-user in mind," Krzanich told the crowd at CES. "You can use it right out of the box. It's ready to fly."
On Monday, Intel announced it would acquire German drone maker Ascending Technologies, which builds professional drones for surveying and industrial inspections. Krzanich said that Intel is working with Ascending Technologies to develop a collision avoidance system for the drones to navigate away from obstacles as they fly.
The CEO added the drone would cost under $2,000 and be available in the first half of the year.
Krzanich ostentatious arrival on a hoverboard foreshadowed his announcement of a self-balancing scooter. While the vehicle appears like any other scooter, it also has the ability to transform into a robot with a press of a button.
The Segway Robot can be programmed to perform functions around the home. The robot will recognize commands from its owner and use cameras to avoid obstacles as it moves around.
Intel says the robot will have an open framework, allowing developers to constantly create new uses and apps for the device.
"We believe this is the beginning of a new ecosystem, one where robots can actually be open platforms and become useful partners," Krzanich said.
The developer edition of the Segway Robot is expected in the second half of the year, according to Krzanich.
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