3D Robotics has announced a partnership with Intel in which they will be using the new Intel Edison for development of their autopilot systems. The Intel Edison is a microcomputer the size of a postage stamp which provides the power of a personal computer.
The extra processing power of the Edison will allow a person or object to be tracked with the follow me technology of the Pixhawk autopilot. So a person can be filmed automatically with the camera on the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) by tracking the person without the need for them to carry a mobile device, with its reliance on a less accurate GPS signal, as the UAV will be able to visually recognise a person.
It will also allow developments in image processing, sense and avoidance with new classes of sensors allowing further developments of autonomous UAV flight and object avoidance.