This drone kit doubles as a Ubuntu Linux PC

A development kit from Parrot is designed to create drones that can avoid obstacles

Parrot's S.L.A.M.dunk drone development kit in action

Parrot's S.L.A.M.dunk drone development kits runs on Ubuntu OS.

Credit: Canonical

If it’s not flying, Parrot’s S.L.A.M.dunk can be used to build a PC with Ubuntu’s 14.04 OS.

S.L.A.M.dunk is a development kit that runs on Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System and can be used to make auxiliary devices for drones. It’s essentially a small computer that can be programmed to, for example, help drones avoid obstacles.

The development kit itself doesn’t have wings, and needs to be attached to a drone and flight controller. Otherwise, the kit can also be used to create robots, said Canonical, which partnered with Parrot in the development of the kit.

S.L.A.M.dunk has a fish-eye camera that can capture 1500 x 1500 pixel resolution images at 60 frames per second. The camera allows the drone to process images, with which it will be able to identify obstacles. It also has an ultrasound sensor, magnetometer and barometer. The kit doesn’t need GPS to operate.

S.L.A.M.dunk is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1, an older mobile chip that was used primarily in tablets and development kits like the Jetson TK1. It has a powerful graphics processor and is capable of running a full version of Ubuntu.

The development kit has an HDMI port as well as ports for keyboards and mice, which means you can build PCs with it. The price will be announced when the kit ships in the fourth quarter.

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