senseFly brings next-generation rotary UAVs to life at CES 2015 (Parrot stand, South Hall 3)
International CES, Las Vegas, January 6, 2015 – Swiss drone maker senseFly today premiers its forthcoming albris drone, a uniquely sensor-rich UAS for professional users.
Developed with input from experts working in all fields of robotics, the albris is a light, safe and highly intelligent quadcopter, a fully automated system that offers professionals such as civil engineers and surveyors the situational awareness they require to perform inspections and close mapping projects safely and accurately.
albris features a plethora of integrated sensors. Its five vision sensors allow the operator to see in the direction the drone is moving – automatically and without needing to turn the system’s main camera head. This technology, unique in such a light-weight UAS, is similar to the visual parking displays in modern cars, only brought into a 3D flight environment. In order to enhance its close-operation capabilities, albris also features five ultrasonic proximity sensors. These work in harmony with its visual sensors to ensure the operator always knows the drone’s distance from nearby objects. Plus, the drone’s shock-absorbent carbon fiber shrouding is also on hand to protect albris’ rotors in case of surface contact.
In another first for a civil drone system, the albris’ autopilot-controlled TripleView head allows a user to view and record any type of imagery they require – HD video, ultra high-resolution stills, thermal data, or all of the above. All without needing to land in order to swap cameras.
Since its camera head faces the front, albris can fly up close to target structures for sub-millimetre data resolution. The design of albris’ airframe and its head’s 270° vertical field of view also mean albris can document objects directly above it; crucial for challenging tasks such as inspecting under bridges.
albris’ unparalleled level of sensory intelligence means it can be easily controlled, even in the most demanding situations (e.g. approaching a high object located hundreds of metres away) – without the need for a remote control or piloting skills.
Simply choose albris’ flight mode:
- Interactive ScreenFly mode – click or tap the on-screen video feed to define an object of interest. albris’ intelligent autopilot moves the drone into position and directs its TripleView head automatically.
- Autonomous mode – define the area to map using the drone’s eMotion software. The software automatically generates the drone’s flight plan, then albris takes off, flies, acquires imagery and lands itself (similar to senseFly’s fixed-wing eBee drones).
With so many unique features built into one safe, robust platform, senseFly is pioneering innovation in the civil drone field. “We designed albris to be unlike any other rotary drone system,” said Jean-Christophe Zufferey, CEO and co-founder of senseFly. “We created an integrated imaging platform, rather than simply a remote-controlled aircraft with cameras attached. And because this platform’s sensors provide such full environmental awareness, our professional customers can focus on their work, not on flying.”