November 17, 2015

Neurala Releases World’s First Software App To Create Autonomous Self-Flying Drone Camera Without Using Specialized Hardware

Neurala’s Selfie Dronie™, For Apple iOS and Android,
Creates Exciting, Hands-Free, Aerial, Video Selfies and Dronies
Using The Widely Available Parrot™ Bebop and Bebop 2 Drones

BOSTON, MA – November 17, 2015 – Creating video selfies and dronies became significantly easier with Neurala Selfie Dronie, new software announced today by Neurala, a Boston-based robotics company known for its high-end robotic intelligence software designed for use by NASA and the US Air Force. There is no need to buy a specialized selfie drone to get stunning videos with hands-free operation.

Neurala Selfie Dronie uses advanced artificial intelligence, deep learning and vision to create a self-flying, autonomous drone. The Neurala software analyzes what the camera sees and automatically sends commands to keep the video on the subject as it flies. It is not necessary to wear a special device or to carry a cell phone, as other solutions require.

Even though it uses state-of-the-art technology, Neurala Selfie Dronie is extremely easy to use. Just select a person or object on the screen and press a button to start the selfie or dronie. Users can participate in their activities instead of operating the controls.

“We are disrupting the market. You don’t need $1000 specialized self-flying camera drones plus a different drone for your flying hobby. You can buy a drone like the $500 Parrot Bebop, add our software, and use one drone for everything,” said Massimiliano Versace, Neurala CEO.

Neurala’s approach differs from the specialized self-flying drones that use specialized tracking hardware or the GPS on a phone. Instead, the user selects an object by moving a box on their iPhone, iPad or Android screen. Once the object is selected, Neurala’s vision processing software locks onto the subject visually. Then, when ready, the user tells the Neurala software to fly one of two patterns:
• A selfie, which flies an arc around the video’s subject (up to 180-degrees) while keeping the drone camera pointed directly at the subject.
• A dronie, which zooms the drone backward and upwards to take beautiful aerial panoramic videos while keeping the drone camera pointed directly at the subject.

“Neurala software ‘sees’ the subject. He or she doesn’t need to do anything special, carry anything special or act in an unusual way,” Versace said. “Typically, Neurala produces hard core software brains for robots which use vision. That work is really complicated. We are now making it available for consumers.”

Neurala Selfie Dronie will be available this month from the Apple AppStore and will soon be available from Google Play. An iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 is required as is a Parrot Bebop or Bebop 2. Retail price is $4.99, but the software will be on sale until January 10, 2016 for 99cents. Versions of Neurala Selfie Dronie for other popular drones will be released in early 2016.

About Neurala

Neurala, Inc. (http://www.neurala.com) creates software that makes robots, drones, toys, consumer electonics, self-driving cars and smart devices (ioT) more autonomous, engaging and useful. The patent-pending Neurala Intelligence Engine (NIE) is based on the way the human brain works using passive sensors (e.g., cameras like eyes and microphones like ears), make intelligent decisions and act. NIE is based on technology that Neurala developed for NASA for planetary exploration and for the U.S. Air Force Research Labs. The company offers a Software Developers Kit (SDK) for companies wishing to integrate intelligence into their products. Neurala also offers two consumer apps: Neurala Selfie Dronie powers autonomous flight in drones to take stunning videos without human operation or specialized hardware. Neurala Roboscope turns a Parrot Jumping MiniDrone into a self-driving robot that can autonomously and playfully “attack” objects in the real world. The company was founded in 2006 and is a graduate of TechStars Boston 2013. It received a seed round of investment of nearly $1-million, led by Tim Draper and Robolution Capital. Follow Neurala on Twitter at @Neurala, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/neurala, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/NeuralaTV.

 

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33 Comments on “Neurala Releases World’s First Software App To Create Autonomous Self-Flying Drone Camera Without Using Specialized Hardware

[…] pas intégrée à l’application FreeFlight de Parrot, mais au sein de l’application Selfie Dronie de la startup américaine Neurala. L’application Selfie Dronie, disponible cette semaine pour […]

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BAHR
February 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Impossible to install “Selfie Dronie” on IOS Iphone 5,5S,6,6S.
I have this message: This application do not match with your Iphone.

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Roger Matus
February 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm

It should install on 5S, 6 and 6S with the most recent version of iOS. But, it will not install on the 5.

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dji phantom 3
November 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

What’s up, I read your blog named “Neurala Releases World’s First Software App To Create Autonomous Self-Flying Drone Camera Without Using Specialized Hardware | Neurala” regularly.

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nathan
December 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

This sounds amazing i cannot wait to try this when will this be available for android users? – thank you in advance.

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Roger Matus
December 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

We had expected to launch both iOS and Android versions on the same day. But, we had some difficulties with Android and will be delayed for several weeks. I will place a sign up form on the site for people to request more information. Sorry.

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Ioan
December 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Is there a sign-up form so we can find out when the android app will be released?

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Roger Matus
December 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm
René
December 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Why does it not work with iPhone 5 ?
Maybe later versions ?

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Roger Matus
December 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

It does work with the iPhone 5s. Unfortunately, the processor in the iPhone 5 is not fast enough to enable our software to process the image and send the flying instructions. It is slow enough that we would miss some frames from the camera. Neurala Selfie Dronie uses some pretty advanced AI technology and it was hard enough to make it so efficient that it would work on the iPhone 5.

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Roger Matus
December 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

We are exploring ways to have it work on an iPhone 5. But, as of this moment, the processor is too slow to handle the quick movements needed with autonomous flight.

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Patrick
December 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Hello,
I bought “selfie dronie” in iTunes but does not work with my Bebop 2. Screen remains white???

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Roger Matus
December 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Patrick, I spoke with Parrot yesterday. They said that will release a firmware update this week (or early next week) that fixes the problem. When Parrot released the Bebop 2, they changed the video stream, which caused the problem. It is not something that we can fix on our end. But, we have been working closely with Parrot and the fix should come very soon. I want to express how sorry I am that this problem happened. If you want a refund, we will make that happen. Otherwise, let me know how we can apologize appropriately.

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0rsa
December 20, 2015 at 10:38 am

Same problem here with bebop 2 and iPad mini 2.
I’ll wait for an update..

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Roger Matus
January 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

We have released a new update. Can you give it a try?

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Emmanuel
December 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Hi,
I’ve bought your app but have a trouble with it.
There’s no video on the screen, only a white background.
My drone is a Bebop 2 (HW_02), my phone an iPhone 5S (iOS 9.2 French) and app version is 1.0.5.
Any idea to solve that problem ?
Thanks for your help.

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Roger Matus
December 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Emmanuel, I spoke with Parrot yesterday. They said that will release a firmware update this week (or early next week) that fixes the problem. When Parrot released the Bebop 2, they changed the video stream, which caused the problem. It is not something that we can fix on our end. But, we have been working closely with Parrot and the fix should come very soon. I want to express how sorry I am that this problem happened. If you want a refund, we will make that happen. Otherwise, let me know how we can apologize appropriately.

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Emmanuel
December 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for your prompt reply Roger.
I’ll wait for Parrot update.
I’ll keep you informed if there’s still a problem with the update.

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Roger Matus
December 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Please do. I am told that the update will be numbered 3.0.5. Free Flight 3 should automatically prompt you to download it when it is ready.

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Vincent
December 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Hello!

I just updated the Bebop 2 with firmware 3.0.6. Unfortunately, the image remains blank…

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Roger Matus
January 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm

Did you try to use the software now? It is supposed to be working.

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Roger Matus
December 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm
Tomás
February 23, 2016 at 5:45 am

Any news on the android version? Any tentative release date? Can’t wait!!

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Roger Matus
February 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

We will soon be asking for beta testers. Our new Android developer is doing great work.

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Grumpy
May 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm

App don’t connect with bebop2 while WiFi connection with drone is OK

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Roger Matus
May 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Please use the app to create a support request. That way we get the technical information about your problem.

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Mike casino
July 24, 2016 at 4:22 am

Hi does it work in a iphone 6 if it does not have network/carrier service?

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Roger Matus
August 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Carrier service is not required for Selfie Dronie to work. It does not connect to the Internet while flying. (Clearly, it does use the Internet when uploading to Facebook, etc.)

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Ken
October 5, 2016 at 3:06 am

Does this work with the note 4?

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