AI News, CeBIT 2016: Terabee’s Range Sensor Helps Make Drones Fast, Cheap, and Under Control

CeBIT 2016: Terabee’s Range Sensor Helps Make Drones Fast, Cheap, and Under Control

Editors Note: This week IEEE Spectrum is covering CeBIT, the enormous information and communications technology show that takes place annually in Hanover, Germany.

(I know you guys don’t care about #journalismproblems, but over the last 15 years of covering events I’ve had to work out of a lot of windowless pits, fighting with other reporters over desk space and wall sockets, so by all that’s holy, I’m going to give the Hannover Fair press center—which even has its own bar—a shout out.) In 2015 Terabee was recognized formally as a CERN spin-off andselected to join the research center’s business incubation partner Innogex.

(Although that may change if DARPA’s phased-array LIDAR-on-a-chip ever comes to the mass market.)Stereo vision systems are another alternative for rangefinding, and can provide depth information over a wide field of pixels, but Ruffo believes that TeraBee again has the edge because the time-of-flight data produces more reliable distance measurements over a longer range.

For systems that require more complex measurements, such as those the doing the kind ofSLAM (simultaneous location and mapping) required for the original CERN surveying,TeraBee currently offers a hub which allows measurements from up to eight separate sensors to be integrated.

Perhaps, in honor of its design history, I can make a wearable people detector for the deep dark tunnels of the New York City subway—one that will solve the recurring problem of being oblivious to an empty subway seat opening up directly behind youand then losing that seat to another rider.

TeraRanger One

Its small size, high performance and low power consumption make it ideal for modern robotic applications, drone operations and automation, whilst its cost-effectiveness also makes it suitable for high volume usage as well as powerful research and DIY applications.

DISTANCE SENSORS

These distance sensors measure a single point and return distance values in millimetres at high speed.

TeraBee Releases a New Low-cost & Long-range Sensor

TeraBee, the company that designs, develops and produces the TeraRanger brand of sensors and solutions, recently announced a new long-range, and low-cost sensor for many different applications, including drones.

We’ve always had strong demand for our sensors from the drone community, so we have made sure the sensor is easy to mount on drones and setup and use with popular autopilots such as Pixhawk, for example.”

The technology provides TeraRanger Evo with a 2 degree field-of-view, meaning that instead of measuring distance based on a very small point of light, the sensor measures over an area.

You also benefit from a more stable datastream in fast changing conditions, such as flight above crops, where the laser might measure the distance to the ground, and then the crop and then the ground again, all in close succession.