IIT-M Develops AI-Powered 3D Printed Drone for Rescue Acts

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The drone can automatically identify human being and can recognise persons who are in the need of immediate medical attention

Flying drone, space, NASAA team from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M)’s Centre for Innovation has designed and developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered 3D printed drone for rescue operations.

The drone can automatically identify human being and can recognise persons who are in the need of immediate medical attention in the times of a disaster. It can send the location details of the affected area to the ground station in real-time for rescue operations.

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To undertake this function, the drone is powered by AI and is equipped with components such as cameras. The ground station servers are equipped with AI, computer vision skills and deep learning.

Equipped with face recognition software

In addition, the drone’s camera is programmed with activity and face recognition software to rapidly identify individuals stranded, injured or covered in debris in a disaster affected area and waiting to be rescued. The camera is programmed with an algorithm to identify people and share the GPS location along with videos and images of the spot to ground station.

After detecting the people, the camera sends the images or videos to a processor in the drone itself for processing the data before it is shared with the ground station. The camera can detect the existence of human being at a location from a maximum height of around 30 metre.

The drone is 3D printed at the lab in IIT-M, whereas components such as processor, camera and gimbal, which is used to stabilise the camera during the movement of drone, are bought from outside.

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