We’ve recently seen a spike in radio-controlled machines like drones and vehicles. But have any of you seen a robot spider?
Erie-Spider is the first Ubuntu drone to be released on Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform online. The campaign has already raised over $10,000 in three days. at this rate, smashing its $50,000 target is promising.
The company, Erie-Robotics is based in northern Spain and offers intelligent ground based drones, with the Erie-Spider being the newest to their arsenal. They release self-building drones as educational tools giving users a chace to learn how robots are made.
Erie-Spider is powered and controlled by Linux’s Ubuntu core. It has the ability to connect to the app store so users can share and download behaviours and drone applications. Everything is being backed up by Canonical. There are a number of features currently available including computer vision algorithms, different dynamic models and sensor implementation.
It’s claimed the Erie-Spider was created to keep up with the increasing demand for learning and developing research in robotics, especially land-based drones. The spider drone is also capable of reaching tricky places such as pipes, and disaster areas. You can attach a camera on board for a first-person viewpoint. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth as well as 3G and 4G connectivity making it fully available where ever you are in the world.
It’s an exciting product and definitely one that would be great if released to the general public. You can check out more information on their Indiegogo page.