IR-LOCK gives Drones Infrared (IR) Tracking Capabilities

IR-LOCK, LLC is developing IR tracking sensors for the growing Drone market. The technology enables accurate and reliable target-tracking over a long-distance, which could be a game-changer for drone videography in particular.
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ATLANTA - Sept. 4, 2014 - PRLog -- IR-LOCK has quickly exceeded their $5,000 Kickstarter goal in just a few days, and they are still going strong. Thomas Stone, the lead developer for IR-LOCK, is a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a drone enthusiast. His product is a modified version of the popular Pixy vision sensor, which raised over $250,000 in 2013. The ‘IR-LOCK Pixy’ can accurately track IR markers at distances of over 50 ft. This has many potential applications in robotics, videography, and of course, drones.

“Only a few days after releasing the Kickstarter, we have received many requests to integrate IR-LOCK into various camera gimbals, drones, and drones w/ gimbals. The market need is very clear.”      –Thomas Stone, IR-LOCK lead developer

Most of the IR-LOCK demos exhibit footage shot by a quadcopter carrying an IR-LOCK sensor and a GoPro camera. The new technology allows the pilot to focus on flying the quad, while the IR-LOCK sensor automatically keeps the camera on-target. This could usher in significant advances for the already successful drone videography industry. Flying a quadcopter is not as easy as some may think; simultaneously managing the quad AND a camera can be quite a challenge. IR-LOCK could enable automatic camera control, so long as the target is wearing an IR marker.

An IR marker consists of just a few IR LEDs and a battery, which are easily integrated into hats, armbands, RC cars, etc. IR-LOCK is offering an $89 ‘developers kit’ that allows Makers to create and track their own IR markers. There is also a $99 ‘plug-&-track kit’, which includes a pre-soldered IR marker. These seem to be good deals, since the Pixy itself costs around $70.

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