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Eyedea to release automatic-tracking drone in second half of 2017

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Jun 2, 2017 - 19:16
  • Updated : Jun 2, 2017 - 19:16

Startup Eyedea announced Tuesday that it will be releasing Pitta, a video recognition-based, automatic-tracking selfie drone, in the second half of 2017.

The company’s CEO Jung Jong-chuck said, “Following the completion of the test product in June, we will conduct real-world tests and release the commercial version in the third or fourth quarter of this year.”

Independently developed by Eyedea, Pitta is a drone that can automatically track a user or any other specified target while filming and/or transmitting other data. The device is ideal for beginners because it can be controlled via a mobile application rather than a separate remote control. It is equipped with advanced video recording effects (panorama, time slip and slow motion) and has been designed so that a camera unit can be detached for portability or for use as a stand-alone device. 

PITTA is an optical recognition-based, automatic-tracking selfie drone that was developed by the startup Eyedea. On the right is the camera portion of the product attached to a stand (Eyedea)

The updated model, which is scheduled for release in 2018, will be equipped with simultaneous localization and mapping as well as artificial intelligence technologies. SLAM is a real-time location-tracking and map-drawing technology that allows the drone to avoid obstacles during free flight, while AI deep-learning technology gives it the capability to classify, recognize, and track objects.

Following its domestic release in the second half of 2017, Eyedea plans to release its products in the United States, which occupies over 30 percent of the global drone market.

Jung said, “As the domestic market is still relatively underdeveloped, our main goal is to enter the global market, including the United States and Europe.”

Eyedea receives support for its overseas marketing activities from the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

(jshwang@heraldcorp.com)



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