Among the many other DJI announcements, these were also of special interest:
Suite of SDK products. This is going to blow the doors open to automate drone actions for all kinds of use cases. These included a mobile SDK, user interface SDK, onboard computer SDK, payload SDK, and Microsoft Windows SDK.
Onboard SDK computer. The Manifold 2 fits on the drone and allows for sophisticated flight actions and image processing in real time. The edge computing possibilities are really fantastic. For example, a demo of real-time analytics from a drone flying over a solar farm was shown, with the onboard computer spotting anomalies, marking them, and feeding them into a digital model which triggered a work order. The Manifold 2 will leverage ever more IoT and AI capabilities to speed daily maintenance and inspection workloads with drones.
New flight simulator. With the new flight simulator, pilots can fly any of the drones in DJI’s product line in simulated real-world environments like city streets, forests, etc. You can also run specific mission types such as inspections. The example demonstrated was a transmission tower inspection. This will be a great way to train pilots on job specifics and will help both independent pilots and in-house drone operators grow their skills and capabilities.
DJI is great at seizing the moment and it’s always a blast watching the drone industry develop. The time to start drone operations is yesterday so if you’re on the fence, give the Mavic 2 Enterprise a whirl. The cost is easily supportable for test projects.
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