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.
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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