At CES there were lots of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), also known as drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). However, I didn’t see any AAVs (Autonomous Aerial Vehicles). Two key areas that will require further technology development are: longer-life batteries and autonomy systems.
ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
They were showing a huge x8 multi-rotor platform designed for remote-sensing applications.
Volt Spider by Safeus Drone
They were showing a prototype of their UAV for inspection of high-voltage power transmission lines.
Apparently it can land on the cable and grasp it. It also has inductive charging.
CX-180 Reveal ONE by TTRobotix (Thunder Technology Co. Ltd)
An unmanned, electrically-powered helicopter with a payload for thermal imaging and detecting human vital signs.
SurV by Radii Robotics
This is advertised as an indoor, autonomous security drone.
What’s interesting is that it looks like a UAV with a big TV screen.
360Fusion by Leti (CEA Tech)
This research institute was demonstrating their anti-collision software for drones, by flying a little micro UAV inside a dome.
It looks like the small drone has 6 proximity sensors facing in 6 different directions.
Interview and demo.
SolarDrone by National Taiwan University
They were showing videos of their solar-powered quadcopter.
Flying Screen by Arquimea
They have developed a light-weight, LED based screen that can be used outdoors and potentially attached below a drone.
At their booth they showed a screen consisting of 3 vertical sections, hung side-by-side.
Another company, NTT Docomo recently announced they have developed a spherical flying screen:
They are developing drone-based, interactive games for amusement centers.
Apparently this is the “first autonomous drone for warehouses”.
It reminds me of the Parrot drone, but it’s designed for inventory checking in warehouses.
They were showing two UAVs designed for industrial or agricultural purposes.
The “YMR-01” is electrical and has 8 rotors. It’s design is something between a hexacopter and an x6.
The “FAZER R” is a gasoline (petrol) powered helicopter.
D-02 by XDynamics
They were demonstrating their D-02 x8 multi-rotor, designed for professional cinematography or industrial purposes.
Skeyetech – Azure Drones
They had on display a quadcopter painted in camouflage, designed for surveillance purposes.
UpAir by SGI (Shenzhen Gten Innovation) Technology Co. Ltd
SGI were showing their UpAir photography drone, which looks quite similar to DJI’s Phantom drone.
The following website has a comparison between the SGI UpAir and DJI Phantom:
An orange-colored photography drone that looks similar to the DJI Phantom.
Wingsland (Shenzhen Wingsland Technology Co. Ltd)
This company sells various orange-colored drones. Their “Minivet” is similar to the DJI Phantom.
The “H520” is an orange-colored drone for industrial purposes.
The “Typhoon H Plus” is a hexacopter designed for professional photography. They had a custom Typhoon fitted with some “Rugo” spotlights, by Foxfury Lighting Solutions (Fig. 28).
Falcon 8+ by Intel
This octocopter has a no-nonsense design with the rotors arranged in two rows. It can carry imaging payloads like a full-size SLR camera.
Hercules 10 by DroneVolt
This company has various products, such as a tethered quadcopter for surveillance.
The “Hercules 10” is a x8 multi-rotor with a high-pressure sprayer for agricultural purposes.
DJI (Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co. Ltd)
One of the most well-known companies in low-cost drones.
Their “Altura Zenith” is a x8 multi-rotor designed for industrial inspection.
The “Pensar” imaging payload combines a Sony HD camera with 30x zoom, FLIR Boson thermal camera, NVidia Jetson GPU, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and object recognition using deep learning.
They are working on an electric multi-rotor designed as a personal transportation device.
So far they have demonstrated vertical take-off and hover (with human passenger), and a pilot-less takeoff and short flight.