Neurala – a Boston-based software company that focuses on making robots, drones, consumer electronics, toys and smart devices more intelligent – has released a new version of its Selfie Dronie flight app, which uses artificial intelligence and deep learning.
The new version adds support for the DJI Phantom 3 (except Standard) and Phantom 4 drones, in addition to the already supported Parrot Bebop and Parrot Bebop 2 drones.
To fly the drone, a consumer selects the subject of the video on an iPhone or iPad and then selects either selfie or dronie. The choices are as follows:
- A selfie, which flies an arc around the video’s subject (up to 180 degrees); or
- A dronie, which zooms the drone backward and upward to take aerial panoramic videos.
Neurala says its software analyzes what the camera sees, automatically sends commands to fly the drone and keeps the video on the subject as it flies. Users do not need to wear a device or connect the software to their cell phone, the company notes.
Neurala Selfie Dronie is available now for iOS from the Apple AppStore and will soon be available from Google Play. An iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 is required.