Yuneec Typhoon H with RealSense - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Intel RealSense Technology used for in Typhoon H?

The intelligent obstacle navigation technology in Typhoon H is used to detect obstacles and self-navigate around those obstacles while flying or following the user. Typhoon H can be programmed to follow the operator, and will avoid obstacles it encounters while continuing to track the operator. Additionally, if the smart return home mode is engaged, Typhoon H will navigate around obstacles on its way back to the original takeoff point.

How fast can Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology fly and still avoid obstacles?

Typhoon H can fly at up to 12 mph (5m/s), and reliably navigate around obstacles as they come into its view.

How far ahead can Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology detect obstacles?

Obstacles can be sensed from 32 feet (10m) away in daylight conditions.

What kinds of obstacles can Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology see?

Due to its broad array of sensors, obstacles as indistinct as leafless trees can be seen and acted upon.

How does Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology choose the best strategy to navigate around obstacles?

Advanced processing within the module assesses Typhoon H’s position in space and computes the best route to navigate around the obstacle in real time, so that even moving obstacles can be reacted to.

Does the Intel RealSense work in Follow Me and Watch Me modes?

Yes, the Obstacle Avoidance system does work in watch me and follow me at a reduced speed, allowing the Intel RealSense to map the environment as it is following you.

How does the RealSense work when it only faces forward?

In Smart Mode, Typhoon H will rotate so the RealSense points in the direction of travel while utilizing the 360° gimbal to automatically keep the camera trained on the subject.  In Angle mode, pilots will still have full control of the Typhoon, but if an obstacle presents itself in front of Typhoon H, the RealSense module will stop the forward flight and await command.

Will the Typhoon H equipped with Intel RealSense just stop in front of an object?

In Angle mode the aircraft will stop in front of an object, however in Smart mode, Follow Me, Watch Me, and Return to Home the aircraft will actively seek out alternate routes avoiding many obstacles. Once a clear path is obtained the Typhoon H will continue as normal.

How is Intel RealSense Technology integrated into Typhoon H?

Typhoon H carries an additional Intel® RealSense™ camera. There are three cameras that act like one—a 1080p HD camera, an infrared camera, and an infrared laser projector—they “see” like the human eye to sense depth and track motion. Typhoon H’s full 360 degree camera gimbal and retractable gear allows the module to always be facing obstacles in the path of flight, regardless of camera position.

Can the Intel RealSense be added to my basic Typhoon H?

The Intel RealSense is a module that can be installed by the user. A simple wiring connector and four screws hold it in place. Remove the old lens cover, hook up the wire connector to the prewired connection, slide the module in place and secure it with two screws in the front and two in the back. Release of the standalone Intel RealSense module will be announced at a later date.

What other Intel technologies are incorporated into Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology?

The ST16 controller has an Atom™ processor inside, running a full Android Operating System and enables:

  • Better display for higher resolution: supports up to 1080P screen
  • Low latency: <200ms overall latency from camera to display
  • Additional functionalities: HDMI output, 3G connection, etc.
  • More powerful: 16 control channels, improved UI design, standardized control protocol

When will the Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology be available for purchase and what is the price point?

The Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense will ship by the end of July 2016, and will be priced at $1,899.99.