DJI has unveiled Manifold 2, what the company calls an ultra-compact, onboard supercomputer for DJI drones.
With the additional compute capability of Manifold 2, users can, for example, process complex image data onboard a drone and get results immediately, or program drones to fly autonomously while identifying objects and avoiding obstacles.
“Through partnerships with some of the industry’s leading computing companies and chip manufacturers, we are enabling DJI drones to become intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing literally on the fly,” says Jan Gasparic, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. “Manifold 2 expands the use cases of drone technology exponentially by allowing businesses, developers and researchers to build the most advanced autonomous aerial robotics solutions for nearly any industry or task.”
According to DJI, Manifold 2 provides intelligence for a variety of applications, giving users the ability to choose between an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU or NVIDIA Jetson TX2 supercomputer. Both versions are compatible with DJI’s enterprise drones, including the Matrice 210 series and Matrice 600 series, and can be integrated into a drone’s internal systems and sensors using DJI’s software development kit.
Each Manifold 2 includes USB, UART, CAN ports and more, allowing developers to link multiple Manifold 2 processors.
“DJI Manifold 2 not only enables the advanced computer vision, perception and navigation featured in Automodality’s patented AMROS and Perceptive Navigation platform suite, it also enables next-generation artificial intelligence out on the edge – a hallmark of Automodality’s software and service offering for industrial inspections,” says Ed Koch, chief technology officer at Automodality, a developer of autonomous drone solutions. “By empowering the drone to perceive and analyze in real time, Manifold 2 opens new areas and capabilities and allows Automodality-equipped DJI Matrice 210s to autonomously fly where no one else has flown before, in GPS and radio frequency-denied environments where the most valuable and actionable data resides.”
DJI Manifold 2 is available for purchase through authorized DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide. For customers in North America, Manifold 2 is also available online through DJI’s store at store.dji.com. The CPU version is $1,379, and the GPU version is $1,099. Manifold 2 is compatible with the following DJI products: Matrice 210 Series, Matrice 600 Series, N3 Flight Controller and A3 Flight Controller.