Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk

Powered by Ubuntu and Robot Operating System (ROS), the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk open development hardware and software kit enables drones to transform into smart robots. Parrot's S.L.A.M.dunk (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) technology enables the design of advanced applications that enable the drone to understand and map its surroundings in 3D and self-navigate in environments with multiple barriers or lack of a GPS signal.

Because Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk exploits ROS, the leading Linux-based versatile robotic development environment, it can be used not only for standard drone applications but also for a much wider set of "robots"—that is, flying wings, articulated arms and roving robots.

Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk applications include autonomous navigation for drones and robots, 3D mapping, obstacle avoidance, prototyping of drones and robotic solutions and data gathering via the stereo camera and sensor array (IMU, barometer, magnetometer, ultrasound). Parrot asserts that it developed Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk to be as easy and user-friendly as possible for developers, researchers, integrators and academics.

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James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.