Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of telecommunications company Qualcomm Inc.; Tencent, an Internet service portal in China; and ZEROTECH, a supplier of drones and industrial turnkey solutions, have announced and demonstrated a commercial drone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform.
According to Qualcomm, the YING drone uses the Snapdragon 4K capture to “super-sample” the video image. This provides a stabilized, corrected video and picture recording at 1080p, as well as first-person view at 720p. The recording can then be directly streamed or uploaded to Tencent’s drone social community platforms, Wexin and QQ.
Tencent and ZEROTECH co-designed YING, a small, lightweight drone that can be easily controlled from a smartphone. The aircraft leverages the companies’ advanced software, as well as the computational power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
Snapdragon Flight is a 58 mm x 40 mm board targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications. The device is based on the Snapdragon 801 processor and includes GPS, 4K video capture, and drone software and development tools.
Qualcomm says the YING drone is expected to be available globally in the first half of the year.
“Consumer drones are becoming the ultimate selfie camera – but with advanced capabilities such as 4K capture and high-performance computing and connectivity,” states Raj Talluri, senior vice president for Qualcomm Technologies. “We are tapping into our proven mobile technologies for the exciting drone opportunity, and teaming up with ZEROTECH and Tencent enables us to support smaller, smarter drones that deliver real-time content to China’s largest social media network.”