Drone assisted Selfie
The IBM Emerging Technologies team has started to build some demonstrations that showcase how to use the Internet of Things capabilities in IBM Bluemix to communicate with drones.
The Drone Controller
Ryan Baxter developed and open sourced a drone controller to communicate between notebooks and Parrot AR drones or Parrot Bebop drones. The controller receives and sends MQTT messages to communicate with Bluemix. Watch Ryan’s video to see how to invoke commands via REST API calls from web and iOS applications.
Rescue from the Cloud
At DevoxxUK the winning team of the IoT hackathon used Ryan’s code to build a first version of their Rescue from the Cloud application to send a drone to the place where an accident happened and where people might be injured to take photos or even better stream videos immediately to the rescue team before they can reach the location.
Bluemix Selfie Drone
As an extension the Emerging Technologies team is working on a Bluemix Selfie Drone application. Users can navigate drones via a web application, e.g. from an iPad, and then take a series of pictures. Via a Watson service the faces of people are recognized and cropped.