Intel outs commercial drone — Intel Falcon 8+ System
Concentrating its focus on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) segment and putting its chips on drones, Intel has announced its new Falcon 8+ commercial drone which, as the name suggests, is sort of a revamped version of the previous Falcon 8 and is powered by the Intel Powerpack smart battery.
It targets to lead the pack and set a new standard for commercial-grade drones by packing it with capable internals. It features AscTec Trinity technology that is said to be a triple-redundant autopilot with three redundant inertial measurement units that work altogether to stabilize the drone from external factors such as strong gusts of wind and even electromagnetic fields.
Users will be controlling it using the Intel Cockpit complete with a joystick and water-shielded interface. According to the report, it can shoot very sharp images and even provide structural analysis for its user.
“The system provides detailed images down to millimeter accuracy and gives valuable structural analysis that helps users detect and prevent further damage to infrastructure. Operators will have tremendous opportunities to generate valuable aerial precision data,” said Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group.
Although it’s unlikely to officially reach the Philippine shores, it’s interesting to see that Intel is concentrating its efforts on this segment and we’re curious to find out how they would fare in competition against other drone companies.