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Hovermap By Emesent Autonomous Mapping Works Indoors - and Out

Hovermap creates a nifty point-cloud for environments that it explores, autonomously navigating the space and reporting back results.

Hovermap acts as a virtual safety bubble around the drone to prevent collisions. LiDAR data is processed onboard in real-time to produce a local 3D map of the surroundings.

Obstacles such as telecom towers, fences, trees, poles, wires and people can all be detected and avoided.

Hovermap uses Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms enabling mobile mapping and autonomous drone flight even when GPS is unavailable. Using Emesent’s proprietary calibration and drone autonomy algorithms, it is built on CSIRO’s Wildcat SLAM Solution.

Drones usually rely on GPS for localization, navigation and flight control. Hovermap uses LiDAR data and advanced algorithms onboard in real-time to provide reliable and accurate localization and navigation without the need for GPS.

This allows drones to fly autonomously in GPS-denied environments, enabling a host of new applications such as flying and mapping in underground mines, inside warehouses or inspecting underneath bridges.

(Via emesent Hovermap)

I can't prove it, but I can't help but think that the 2012 movie Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, might have influenced the creators of this device.

The following brief scene from the film shows the exploration and three-dimensional mapping of a vast alien artifact.

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