Detecting Objects with a Drone

October 28, 2019

Many call artificial intelligence (AI) a “black box”, which it kind of is. One of the biggest problems of AI is that it’s incredibly difficult to understand how the data is being interpreted.  In this talk we will show how you can use this “black box” with a drone to detect physical objects by uncovering the technology behind Computer Vision and Object Detection.

Whether you are counting cars on a road or people who are stranded on rooftops in a natural disaster, there are plenty of use cases for object detection. Often times, pre-trained object detection models do not suit your needs and you need to create your own custom models. In this talk not only will we talk about creating custom models, but we will show an example of you can prototype a drone to detect these objects.

How do we prototype a drone? With Node-RED of course.  Node-RED is a free, open source logic engine that allows programmers of any level to easily write code that can connect to APIs, hardware, IoT devices or online services. Users interact with Node-RED via a browser-based flow editor that makes multi-device and multi-API integrations as easy as linking together nodes into easily understood flows which can run locally on your computer, or on IoT a device such as Raspberry Pi or in this case a Tello Drone, and even in the cloud.

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