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Tracking the future of autonomous flight with quadrones

Basic drone autonomy is already here, but the next generation of autonomous quadcopters and AUVs requires a higher degree of situational awareness and decision-making skills when it comes to human-drone interaction. Advanced development tools are required, which offer accurate and reliable real-time 6DOF  (6 degrees of freedom) positioning data.

Our motion capture systems are scalable, portable, weather resistant and equally at home outdoors as in a controlled environment. Active marker technology allows for long-distance tracking within large volumes. Latency is low and accuracy high. Qualisys systems also come backed with decades of experience of close co-operation with engineers and researchers in highly demanding applications.

Real-time SDK

Stream motion data, for example 2D, 3D and 6DOF, over TCP/UDP to your application.

Outdoor mocap

Get superior results even in harsh outdoor conditions.

6DOF rigid bodies

Define, edit and stream rigid body data (6DOF) to third-party real-time applications.

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Developing humanoid robots

Autonomous humanoid robots need to combine utility with an illusion of humanity. Since humans are experts on humans, we notice every detail and nuance in robot movement. And of course, safety is a significant concern.

Human biomechanics research is in our DNA, which is why Qualisys optical motion capture systems excel within the humanoid robotics field. Use our proven technology to monitor movement with ultra-high resolution, in real-time and in perfect sync. Replicate human motion by tracking human movement to develop motion algorithms for robots. Scalable, rugged systems adapt to your needs and will go wherever your robot goes.

For instance, research at M-Air involves resilient algorithms that preserve the safety and security of multi-agent systems. They study algorithms that allow robots to achieve specific goals even if some of the robots are hacked, faulty, or broken. There are various angles this topic can be approached from, in a control-theoretic perspective.

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The only underwater option

Subaquatic autonomous drones provide remote presence without the complication and cost of keeping a human alive in a hostile environment. This makes them highly useful for a wide range of applications. However, developing and testing UAVs and underwater drone control algorithms can be challenging, at least in terms of monitoring vehicle movements. Using 6DOF technology, motion capture is the solution to autonomous motion.

Currently, Qualisys systems are the only option when it comes to underwater optical motion tracking. Our motion capture technology is the only one capable of operating at a depth of several tens of meters underwater.


What the Chalmers researchers are specifically curious about is the environment and people that are interacting with the drone in some way, referred to as human-drone interaction, in which scholars are working within fields, such as sports, using drones as training devices or enhancing the spectator’s experience. Others are using drones to bring physical touch into virtual reality or projecting digital information. These concepts all boil down to human-robot interaction within the context of human-computer interaction and computer science.
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