New Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk Drone Development Kit Makes Use of Ubuntu Snappy and ROS

Softpedia was informed  by Canonical about their new partnership with Parrot, the famous  wireless products manufacturer based in Paris, France, to distribute a  drone development kit powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Dubbed Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, the new development kit  is here to help developers create obstacle avoidance and autonomous  robots and drones that use the slimmed-down version of the popular  Ubuntu Linux distribution designed for embedded and IoT (Internet of  Things) devices, Ubuntu Snappy Core, as well as ROS (Robot Operating  System).

“Parrot developed S.L.A.M.dunk to be as easy and  user-friendly as possible for developers, researchers, integrators, and  academics,” reads the press release. “All Ubuntu functionalities and  benefits from ROS (Robot Operating System) framework are embedded in the  Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk making it user-friendly. The HDMI port makes it  possible to develop directly on the product.”

“What can you do with Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk”

Weighing only 140g, Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk boasts some impressive specifications, such as an Nvidia Tegra K1 next-generation mobile processor, a built-in fish-eye stereo camera with 1500×1500 pixel resolution capable of recording videos at 60fps, an inertial-measurement unit (IMU), an ultrasound sensor, a magnetometer, and a barometer.

Best of all, Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk offers an HDMI port so you can transform it into a full-fledged Ubuntu 14.04 LTS PC. You can use Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk for many interesting scenarios that involve flying things, including prototyping of drones and robotic solutions, 3D mapping and autonomous driving of robots and drones, or data gathering.

More details about Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk are available in a detailed report written by Canonical’s Thibaut Rouffineau, but please note that it is not yet generally available. Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk is set to be officially launched sometime in Q4 2016. In the meantime, check out some press screenshots of it in action!

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