The concept of a smart home is no longer new and uncommon. It is constantly supplemented by new smart home gadgets: locks, cameras, thermostats, curtains, household appliances.
Today, security cameras are quite common, which allow you to monitor your home with your smartphone. But they have a common minus - they are immovable. A novelty that drew the attention of the general audience is the robot Aire, which can air patrol the home. The first flying home robot has almost become a reality: the prototype is called Aire, and its creator, Aevena, recently launched a campaign at Kickstarter to raise the funds for the initial production.
Designed as a more intelligent system for home monitoring, Aire is a flying drone that can be remotely controlled to provide live broadcasts inside the home. The new robot is technically a camera and voice assistant in a compact streamlined body, similar to a lampshade. As the developers say, with the help of Aire you can look after your house and communicate with the household.
Main features of Aire
Equipped with four sensing sensors and a 3D forward-facing camera, Aire detects and avoids obstacles in all directions. To begin with, the drone can be controlled mainly through a Wi-Fi application for iPhones or Android smartphones in first-person browsing mode, but the developer Aevena says that standalone flight modes will be available through updates.
Another way you can control the Aire robot is through voice command. The built-in voice assistant Alexaenables the robot to perform all of its usual functions: perform a search on the Internet by voice request, read the news, take notes in the calendar and play music. For example, you can tell Alexa "Ask Aire to enter camera mode," or "Alexa, ask Aire to fly here and take a photo." This means that the robot will fly out, find the necessary object and take a picture of it.
The robot can shoot photos and make video recordings with 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Its features include night shooting and video stream transmission, just to name a few.
The robot is designed for indoor flights only, but people who are scurrying back and forth should not be afraid to face it. Its creators revised the typical design of the drone, giving Aire a lot of sensors. They also influenced the size of the gadget and its weight, which is 3.5 pounds. The casing in the form of a cylinder closes the propeller of the device. To avoid any possible collisions, Aire uses a 3D camera and an ultrasonic rangefinder.
The hardware of the robot includes 3D and 4K cameras with night vision, as well as IMU sensors, the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor and the ARM Cortex-M4 flight controller with DSP. Tseng says that the drone can perform some autonomous functions directly out of the box, for example, automatically start from the charging dock, avoid obstacles in flight, and then reconnect to the charging dock at a low battery. The flight time, thanks to the 2000 mAh Li-Po battery is 8 minutes, while the default speed of this cute robot is up to 1m/s. You can charge the Aire robot from a special charging dock, which is enough for half an hour of operation.
"There is some level of autonomy for things like taking off, auto-docking and avoiding obstacles," Aevena CEO Jeffrey Tseng tells New Atlas. "We also have a mode that allows it to take pictures using voice control to demonstrate some basic autonomy. In the future, we're going to be adding features and functionality using over-the-air updates that will enable higher levels of autonomy, like Teslas, so it can do things like patrol the house on its own. The hardware is there to add more capability, so you won't need to purchase a new device to get more capability."
Pre-order of the Aire robot on Kickstarter will cost you $ 699-749, but you would have to wait for the shipment until at least September 2018. In retail, it will cost you $1,499, with the shipment planned for December 2018.