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GoPro Drone Acquisitions

clackey

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Good article on gopro acquisitions that might give some insight into their plans...

"A few months ago, GoPro announced buying Kolor, a 360-degree video software vendor company in France. Kolor is developing a platform for stitching together 360-degree videos coming from, for example, different GoPro units attached to a specific mast. The company has become a dedicated business unit for 360-degree spherical applications."

"One of GoPro’s latest acquisitions is in Zürich, Switzerland. GoPro is now entering GPS-denied navigation space. In fact, they have taken the opportunity to establish their Swiss subsidiary after buying Skybotix in September (a small company of five engineers coming from ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich)."

Some really interesting stuff coming out of that skybotix acquisition....

"The Skybotix team was able to send a drone inside a building, with no pilot, by reconstructing real-time 3D space and constraints. Their technology is providing a visual navigation application that replaces GPS with much more accurate, camera-based positioning. Their multi-camera sensors used industrial-grade visual odometry and real-time 3D reconstruction in unstructured indoor and outdoor environments."

Full story - How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations

Video of what the Skybotix team has accomplished...

 
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