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  • eBee aerial mapping uses patent pending "Oblique Images"
    eBee aerial mapping uses patent pending

    Posted: 1/7/2014
    Press release
    To be released on January 7th 2014
    Drone aerobatics, the creative solution for taking amazing oblique images
    Cheseaux-Lausanne, Switzerland ? January 7th 2014
    senseFly releases its patent-pending technology for oblique images, a truly innovative way to enable its fixed-wing mapping drones to take extraordinary images without the use of a gimbal.
    senseFly's drones eBee and swinglet CAM, both designed for mapping missions, are now also capable of quickly taking amazing oblique images to complement a mapping project or add additional documentation.
    Figure 1 : orientation of the camera towards the photo target
    This patent pending technology is based on a proprietary control algorithm that takes oblique images of photo targets without the need of a camera gimbal, enabling senseFly's ultralight mapping drones to take aerial shots with up to 45 inclination from the photo target.
    The algorithms running on-board the drone's autopilot automatically place and orient the drone based on the defined image resolution and inclination (0-45) selected by the operator. The drone then adapts its trajectory according to local wind and target altitude.
    Having a system that positions the camera autonomously with respect to the photo target enables senseFly's drone systems to take precise oblique images without the need for live video feedback or a camera gimbal.
    As these new techniques do not require any hardware changes, this novelty is freely available to the full community of eBee and swinglet CAM (late 2012 model) users with the new release of eMotion 2.2.
    Beside creating stunning visuals, senseFly's latest release of Post-flight Terra 3D will enable users to go one step further and add these oblique images to a standard mapping flight, adding visibility to facades and vertical surfaces.