Intel CEO Brian Krzanich demonstates the device at the company's press conference at CES

'Intelligent' drone uses Intel tech to avoid collisions

Drone manufacturer Yuneec has released a new model in its ‘Typhoon’ series that uses Intel's RealSense sense and avoids technology.

The Typhoon H is also equipped with six rotors, a 360-degree camera and retractable landing gear.

Yuneec claims that Intel’s technology allows the drone to automatically avoid obstacles and buildings when navigating around open terrain.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the device during the company’s press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

He said it was the first consumer drone equipped with the RealSense technology and described it as the ‘first truly intelligent consumer drone’.

The device houses a 360-degree camera that is capable of capturing 4K videos and 12 megapixel stills.

In addition, the landing gear retracts during flight so that it does not appear in any footage taken by the camera. Yuneec have also implemented a failsafe system that allows the Typhoon H to remain stable and land if a motor should fail.

It comes packaged with an Android-based ST16 controller, which houses a 7-inch integrated display to view live streams from the drone’s camera.

"A central part of our mission is to bring new and advanced creative possibilities within the reach of everyone," said Yu Tian, CEO of Yuneec.

"We've engineered the Typhoon H to redefine what customers should expect to pay for a drone with such an array of professional features. At this price point ($1,799), no other drone comes close to the Typhoon H in terms of capability and value."

Although no release date has currently been announced, when available, American users will need to register the drone with the central database for unmanned aerial vehicles.

The requirement to register devices such as the Typhoon H was put into place with the launch of the database on the 21 December.

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