DJI launches Manifold, a computer designed for drones

DJI Manifold's onboard SDK is designed to help developers create applications for use with aerial technology and is compatible with third party sensors

Published Date
03 - Nov - 2015
| Last Updated
04 - Nov - 2015
 
DJI launches Manifold, a computer designed for drones

DJI has announced the launch of DJI Manifold, a high-performance computer for drones. The Manifold uses DJI’s onboard SDK to help developers create applications for use with aerial technology.The DJI Manifold is compatible with third-party sensors, which allow developers to attach a variety of devices such as infrared cameras, atmospheric research devices, and geographical surveying equipment. The device runs on Ubuntu and supports CUDA, OpenCV, and ROS. It is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 processor and a NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU. It is also equipped with USB, ethernet, HDMI and a number of other ports.    

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DJI, the world leader in creative aerial technology, today announced the launch of the DJI Manifold, a high-performance embedded computer designed specifically to fly. Utilizing DJI’s Onboard SDK (Software Development Kit), the Manifold is a user-friendly system enabling developers to create more powerful professional applications for use with aerial technology.
“With the Manifold, we are entering a new era of smarter, faster and more powerful aerial platforms. Manifold opens up for aerial and ground technology to intelligently work together to solve complex problems,” said Michael Perry, DJI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “We are excited to see what applications our developer community will come up with for this new platform.”
The Manifold is compatible with third-party sensors and enables developers to connect a wide variety of devices such as infrared cameras, atmospheric research devices and geographical surveying equipment to the Matrice 100. As the Manifold computer both collects and analyses data in the air, it provides an efficient solution for developers in need of time-sensitive information.
The Manifold runs on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system and supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS. With a Quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 Processor and a super-fast NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU, the Manifold provides powerful image processing and efficient parallel computing. The processing power of the GPU enables new artificial intelligence applications such as computer vision and deep learning. Equipped with USB, Ethernet, HDMI and a variety of others ports, it enables the use of a wide range of sensors, monitors or interfaces.
 
“We are excited to be working with DJI, who like us, believe in pushing technology beyond the limits of possibilities and paving the way for creators, makers and developers,” said Mark Murphy, Canonical’s VP, Devices Sales and Global Alliances.
 
Ubuntu 14.04, the Long Term Support (LTS) version, will be available on the Manifold, providing support and maintenance for five years from release date. This release comes with support for both multi-touch devices and HiDPI screens. 
 
The Manifold with Ubuntu 14.04 will be available globally for purchase from the Official DJI Online Store for USD 499 as of today November 2, 2015 and will start shipping on November 15, 2015. More information can be found athttps://developer.dji.com/en/manifold/.