DJI And Canonical Release Ubuntu Powered, Drone Mounted Computer

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DJI And Canonical Release Ubuntu Powered, Drone Mounted Computer

DJI Matrice 100 with DJI Manifold, Credit: DJI

DJI Matrice 100 with DJI Manifold

DJI has introduced a new Ubuntu based computer, the Manifold, that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to the Matrice 100 drone. The Manifold costs $500 and the Matrice 100 costs $3,300; which is a total package cost of $3,800. Pricey yes, but keep in mind the Matrice and the Manifold are not consumer products. The Matrice 100 is DJI’s developer platform.

What does $500 buy you? The Manifold is powered by a quad-core ARM processor (running at up to 2.2 Ghz) paired with an NVIDIA Kepler GPU. (Hardware similar to what you might find in phones.) USB, Ethernet, and HDMI ports are all included too. It’s easy to program because the entire machine runs on Ubuntu Linux, a very popular Linux distro.

Drones took another step towards becoming flying smartphones on Monday. Shenzen-based drone industry leader DJI released a new computer specifically tailored for its drones. The DJI Manifold, which costs $500, is a powerful computer in a case small and light enough to be mounted on a quadcopter.

DJI’s powerful new computer will lead to better drone apps

With more processing power combined with familiar and simple development environments, you can expect a wave of new drone applications.

This cross-over story pairs DJI with Canonical, developers of Ubuntu, and it’s got the attention of both the drone and tech communities. Here are just a few examples:

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About DJI

Creativity is at the heart of every dream. Every idea, every groundbreaking leap that changes our world starts with the vision of talented creators. At DJI, we give these creators the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.

Our platforms empower them to capture images that were once out of reach. Our flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion. Amazing photos and video, treasured personal memories, and high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world using DJI products.

DJI technology does more than simply enable creators. We push visionaries to go beyond the limits of what is thought possible, inspiring them to inspire the world.

We do this through an unparalleled commitment to R&D, a culture of constant innovation and curiosity, and a focus on transforming complex technology into easy-to-use devices. Building on the ethos of “form follows function,” our products combine advanced technology with dynamic designs.

By |2017-08-31T15:24:06-08:00November 2nd, 2015|Drone Software, Drone Technology, Drones, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DJI And Canonical Release Ubuntu Powered, Drone Mounted Computer

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