Saturday, June 09, 2012

OpenRelief Disaster Drone

The OpenRelief project recently made its public debut in Japan. The collaborative effort seeks to develop a small drone that can fly into and out of disaster zones, taking photos and videos. Sensors will measure weather conditions (and radiation) and help map roads, people and smoke. The goal is an under $1,000 production price device that can be used by governments and NGOs. Two prototype units have already been built. More in future posts as this project moves forward.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea

2:50 AM  
Blogger shane said...

Thank you for featuring us on your blog. I'd be happy to help provide details for a follow-up post, and I am always available by email or phone.

For your reference, we are now in a six-month cycle of testing and improving the robot plane and related sensors, and aim to have a durable set of solutions published as schematics and code by December. The idea is to allow anyone, anywhere to make OpenRelief solutions using readily available technology.

I thought it might be useful to share a little more information with your readers.

A video overview of OpenRelief and the robot plane:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZROTYm17_Uc

An interview with a deep-dive into why OpenRelief was established and where it is going:
http://www.designspark.com/content/openrelief-clearing-fog-disaster

A copy of the slides we just presented at LinuxCon Japan to launch the project (warning: PDF):
https://events.linuxfoundation.org/images/stories/pdf/lcjp2012_coughlan.pdf

Regards

Shane
Co-Founder, OpenRelief

3:49 AM  

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