A team of Stanford University students, including Indian American Yash Savani, have created a personal drone meant for use at home.
Savani, who is with the university’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and founder and chief executive officer Lucas Roitman, created the drone platform Adia, which anyone can make apps for.
The Stanford duo also received help from Tushar Soni, who focuses on deep-learning aspects, and Naman Gupta, who is implementing the SLAM 3-D mapping algorithm.
The company says on its website, www.adia.tech, that if you are using a drone for anything — filming, delivery, security — start by using the Adia platform.
It boasts that it comes with multiple cameras and sensors to understand its environment and that AI algorithms are included to perform sensor fusion, map environments with SLAM, and recognize and track people based on their faces and body movement.
Additionally, the company touts that Adia can “master new skills” by downloading and installing new apps.
The drone can film indoors and outdoors, can deliver food or medicine and can provide home security, sending alerts in the event of a break-in.
Having built the prototype, the team is shopping it to VC firms with the hope it is used for good in society.
In a Newson6.com report, Roitman said the company hopes to “deliver drones to the mainstream person, so that every household has one, and put them at the service of the individual, not only big faceless corporations.”
Roitman added in the report, “Our drone is much easier to create applications for. Our goal is that even a smart 5-year-old can make a basic drone game app.”