Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the award-winning Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology is now available for preorder at a suggested retail price of $1,899.

First shipments to customers will begin within four weeks. Customers will receive their Typhoon H with a factory installed Intel RealSense R200 Camera and Intel Atom™ processor, an ST16 controller with a Wizard controller for dual operator mode, two batteries, and extra propellers, all packed in a custom designed backpack. Most recently demonstrated live at CES Asia, Intel RealSense Technology enables Typhoon H to fly autonomously, intelligently navigating around objects, taking safety and customers’ creative options to the next level.

As installed on Typhoon H, the Intel RealSense R200 Camera and the quad core Intel Atom processor module work seamlessly with the flight control firmware to add intelligent obstacle navigation. With a combination of specialized cameras and sensors, this Intel system maps and learns its environment in 3D, recognizing each obstacle, planning an alternative route and safely navigating around it. This is a major advancement over ultra-sonic collision prevention, which automatically stops Typhoon H short of obstacles, but cannot model the environment or intelligently reroute around obstacles. The module also adds downward facing sensors to improve stability, enabling flight indoors or outdoors close to the ground, even with poor GPS reception.

“Intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance in complex environments powered by Intel RealSense Technology expands creative possibilities and enhances safety for our customers,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “Now, users can confidently operate Typhoon H with RealSense Technology in a wide variety of environments that previously required highly-technical piloting.”

Now ready for primetime 9 months after a high-profile introduction at CES 2016. The video is interesting in that it focuses on the follow-me, home adventure movie segment of the market. And the skateboarders are moving slowly. With a $1,900 launch price, I would have thought that Yuneec would have done something with more appeal to the prosumer market which is where this product must find
its market.
Also note that the “standard” Typhoon just launched at $1,800 – no word yet on how much the add-on RealSense module will cost or when it will be ready.  From this distance it doesn’t seem like great planning by the product marketing team.



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