The Drone Cafe has been extremely popular. On 22nd, 23th and 24th of April, during the TU Eindhoven Dream & Dare Festival to celebrate the universities 60th anniversary, our doors opened to inspire people what drones can do for us in the near future.
The pop-up Drone Café was a meeting place for people that want to discuss what we want our drones to do in the (near) future. The opportunities are only limited by our imagination. However, a close look is needed to see how far we can take this technology. This is one of the questions we answered together with all the visitors of the Drone Cafe. After all, we have the power to take matters in our own hands and show people what we want of robotics in the future.
Why is this the first Drone Cafe?
It is fairly difficult to accurately and autonomously fly in indoor environments. Precise movements require advanced flying algorithms and accurate sensors. In order to achieve this we have used a unique combination of sensors, all on one drone, which allows us to make accurate and autonomous flight possible. In addition to that, the drone is safe thanks to its ring and mesh, it is helpful thanks to its gripper and a camera with menu recognition understands your order. Long story short: Our drones are ready to be waiters.
How autonomous are these drones?
You can compare an autonomous drone with a youthful dog. It is ready to learn something and doesn’t need much care. So it’s up to you what trick you are going to teach the dog, whether it is going to be a guide dog for blind or a rescue dog in the alps. Our drone has learned its first trick: all snacks and drinks will be automatically sent to the right table. There’s no one that tells the drone where to go. They and on their own, take off on their own and take your order.