What’s one way to quickly find survivors after a devastating earthquake or building collapse? Put an AR.Drone in the sky and a rescue worker wearing a Ghostbusters proton pack on the ground!
Okay, despite how it looks, it’s not actually a weapon for vanquishing ghosts. The device, created by TEMAI Ingenieros, contains chemical sensors, heat cameras, visual cameras, highly sensitive microphones, and a backpack with a chemical processor and a CPU. It’s made to detect life signs in disaster areas and inform both the rescuer and a central control center. If conditions are still too dangerous for humans, the AR.Drone goes on duty instead.
TEMAI Ingenieros uses LabVIEW algorithms to process sensor signals and NI vision hardware to process images. All communication between the AR.Drone, the control center, and the “proton pack” is carried out via the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz WiFi spectrums.
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