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Method for displaying on a screen at least one representation of an object, related computer program, electronic display device and apparatus

This method for displaying at least one representation of an object is implemented by an electronic display device, the method including the acquisition of a plurality of images of the object, wherein the acquired images correspond to different angles of view of the object; the calculation of a perspective model of the object from the plurality of images, and the display of the perspective model in a first mode; the method further including switching to a second mode upon detection of a selection by a user of a point on the model displayed in the first mode, the display of at least one of the acquired images in the second mode, the acquisition of at least one infrared image of the object, and upon the display in the second mode, at least one infrared image from the object is displayed in superimposition, at least partial, of the displayed acquired image.. . ... Parrot

Drone with dynamic antenna diversity

The drone comprises m antennas, with in particular two offset antennas located symmetrically at the ends of two arms for the connection to the propulsion units (24), and a ventral antenna under the drone body. The radio transmission is operated simultaneously on n similar rf channels, with 2≤n<m. ... Parrot

Autonomous system for shooting moving images from a drone, with target tracking and holding of the target shooting angle

. . . . The invention relates to a system for shooting moving images, includes a drone provided with a camera and a ground station communicating with the drone, the camera being directed along a sight axis, the displacements of the drone being defined by flight instructions applied to a set of propulsion units of the drone, the drone being adapted to fly autonomously to shoot moving images of a target moving with the ground station. The system includes control means configured to generate the flight instructions so as to hold substantially constant the angle between the sight axis of the camera and the direction of displacement of the target upon activation of the target tracking. ... Parrot

Video-based song comparison system

An improved video-based song comparison system is described. The video-based song comparison system is a technology platform that may allow users to search, submit, and vote on two songs compared within a comparison video (“set”). ... Parrot

Drone comprising a device for determining a representation of a target via a neural network, related determination method and computer

This drone includes an image sensor configured to take an image of a scene including a plurality of objects, and an electronic determination device including an electronic detection module configured to detect, via a neural network, in the image taken by the image sensor, a representation of a potential target from among the plurality of objects represented, an input variable of the neural network being an image depending on the image taken, at least one output variable of the neural network being an indication relative to the representation of the potential target. A first output variable of the neural network is a set of coordinates defining a contour of a zone surrounding the representation of the potential target.. ... Parrot

Drone provided with a video camera and means for compensating for the artefacts produced at the highest roll angles

The drone comprises a camera, an inertial unit measuring the drone angles, and an extractor module delivering data of an image area (zi) of reduced size defined inside a capture area (zc) of the sensor. A feedback-control module dynamically modifies the position and the orientation of the image area inside the capture area, in a direction opposite to that of the angle variations measured by the inertial unit. ... Parrot

Method and electronic system for detecting a target, related computer program

This method for detecting a target, using an electronic detection system includes acquiring an image of a scene including the target, the acquired image including a representation of the target, determining at least one segment relative to the target from at least one reference segment relative to a reference representation of the target, and estimating, from the determined segment(s), an area surrounding the representation of the target in the acquired image. At least one of the determined segments is distinct from a contour of the representation of the target and includes at least one point included inside said representation.. ... Parrot

Autonomous system for shooting moving images from a drone, with target tracking and holding of the target shooting angle

A system for shooting moving images includes a drone provided with a camera and a ground station, the camera being directed along a sight axis, the drone being adapted to fly autonomously to shoot moving images of a target moving with the ground station, the direction of the sight axis being such that the target remains present in the successive images produced by said shooting. The system further comprises means for determining the speed vector of the target and the position of the target in a given reference system, and control means configured to generate flight instructions based on the speed vector determined, the position determined, and a predetermined direction angle so as to hold the angle between the sight axis of the camera and the direction of the speed vector substantially at the value of said predetermined direction angle.. ... Parrot

Method for capturing image(s), related computer program and electronic system for capturing a video

The invention relates to a method for capturing a video using a camera on board a fixed-wing drone, the camera comprising an image sensor, the fixed-wing drone comprising an inertial unit configured to measure the roll angle, the pitch angle and/or the yaw angle of the fixed-wing drone 57858. This method comprises obtaining one or more images corresponding to a zone of the sensor with reduced dimensions relative to those of the sensor and associated with a shot reference, the position of the zone being determined from the orientation of the shot reference obtained as a function of the roll angle, the pitch angle and/or the yaw angle of the fixed-wing drone.. ... Parrot

Method for capturing a video, related computer program and electronic system for capturing a video

The invention relates to a method for capturing a video using a camera on board a fixed-wing drone, the camera comprising an image sensor, the drone having, during flight, a drift angle between the longitudinal axis of the drone and a flight direction of the drone. This method comprises: determining the drift angle of the drone; and obtaining video by image acquisition corresponding to a zone with reduced dimensions relative to those of the image sensor, the position of the zone being determined as a function of the drift angle of the drone.. ... Parrot

Integrated control/command module for a flying drone

A module for a drone that integrates an electronic circuit and one or more sensors for the attitude, altitude, speed, orientation and/or position of the drone in the same one-piece housing. The module also integrates an electronic power circuit that receives set command values prepared by the processor of the electronic circuit on the basis of the data provided by the integrated sensors and provides, as an output, corresponding signals for directly supplying current or voltage to the propulsion means of the drone and to the control surfaces.. ... Parrot

Fixed-wing drone, in particular of the flying-wing type, with assisted manual piloting and automatic piloting

A drone that includes an automatic piloting system that receives internal and/or external piloting instructions, as well as data of instantaneous attitude (φ*, θ*), altitude (z*) and speed (v*) delivered by sensors. Set point calculation circuits calculate, as a function of a model of the aerodynamic behaviour of the drone in flight, roll (φ) and/or pitch (θ) set points and/or speed set points (v) and/or altitude set points (z) corresponding to the internal and/or external piloting instructions received. ... Parrot

Drone with an obstacle avoiding system

A rotary-wing drone includes a drone body including an electronic card controlling the piloting of the drone and one or more linking arms, one or more propulsion units mounted on respective ones of the linking arms, and at least one obstacle sensor integral with the drone body, whose main direction of detection is located in a substantially horizontal plane. The drone additionally includes logic executing by a processor in the electronic card and adapted to perform the controlling by correcting the drone orientation—specifically the yaw orientation—of the drone in flight so as to maintain one of the at least one obstacle sensor in the direction of displacement of the drone.. ... Parrot

Autonomous system for taking moving images, comprising a drone and a ground station, and associated method

The displacements of the drone are defined by piloting commands applied to a set of propulsion units of the drone, the drone flying along a trajectory that is at least in part predetermined, to take moving images of a target. The drone adjusts the camera sight angle during its displacements, and as the case may be, those of the target, so that at each instant, the image taken by the camera contain the position of the target. ... Parrot

01/25/18 / #20180022472

Autonomous system for taking moving images from a drone, with target tracking and improved target location

The displacements of the drone are defined by piloting commands to take moving images of a target carrying the ground station. The system comprises means for adjusting the sight angle of the camera during the displacements of the drone and of the target, so that the images are centred to the target, and means for generating flying instructions so that the distance between drone and target fulfils determined rules, these means being based on a determination of the gps geographical position of the target with respect to the gps geographical position of the drone, and of the angular position of the target with respect to a main axis of the drone. ... Parrot

12/28/17 / #20170374636

Local network for the simultaneous exchange of data between a drone and a plurality of user terminals

. . A primary user terminal is interfaced with the drone so as to constitute a local network of the infrastructure type, where the drone is configured as an access point (ap) and the primary user terminal is configured as a mobile station. The primary user terminal comprises an adaptive software program able i) to generate piloting and control instructions to be transmitted to the drone, and ii) to establish a connection to the local network and to register the primary user terminal into a registration table of the drone. ... Parrot

12/28/17 / #20170373382

Wifi antenna of the clover-leaf or skew-planar wheel type for a drone

An antenna includes one or more elementary antennas with non-coplanar planar loops extending about a main axis in respective inclined planes. Each elementary antenna is formed by tracks of a structure printed on a circuit support extending in the inclined plane, with two imbricated planar loops tuned on frequencies includes in two respective distinct wifi frequency bands. ... Parrot

12/28/17 / #20170371352

Method for dynamically converting the attitude of a rotary-wing drone

A method for dynamically converting the attitude of a rotary-wing drone that includes a body including an electronic board controlling the piloting of the drone and four link arms forming lift-producing wings, each arm including a rigidly connected propulsion unit. The method includes executing, on reception of an instruction allowing a conversion between flight using the rotary wings and flight using the lift of the wings, the conversion being defined by a pitch angle to be achieved θref, of a repeated sequence of steps until the pitch angle θref is achieved, including estimating the current pitch angle θest of the drone, determining an angular trajectory depending on the pitch angle to be achieved θref, and sending one or more differentiated commands based upon the angular trajectory and the current estimated pitch angle θest to one or more propulsion units such that the drone is rotated about the pitch axis.. ... Parrot

12/21/17 / #20170364093

Drone comprising lift-producing wings

A method for dynamically controlling the attitude of a rotary-wing drone. The method includes dynamically controlling the attitude of the drone when the drone is flying using lift of each of four wings of the drone, by controlling the attitude of the drone by sending differentiated commands to one or more propulsion units of the drone so as to rotate the drone about a roll axis and/or pitch axis and/or heading axis of the drone from a current angular position to a final angular position, the axes being defined in the reference point of the drone.. ... Parrot

12/21/17 / #20170361927

Drone comprising lift-producing wings

A rotary-wing drone includes a drone body that includes an electronic board controlling the piloting of the drone, and four link arms that include a rigidly connected propulsion unit. The link arms form lift-producing wings.. ... Parrot

12/14/17 / #20170358864

Compact wifi antenna with a metamaterial reflector

. . A compact antenna for centimetric frequency bands includes an active planar element forming a radiator, coupled to an input of a receiver circuit and/or to the output of an emitter circuit, and a passive planar element forming a reflector. The passive planar element is formed by a periodic structure of the metamaterial type comprising a network of resonating cells, in particular cells of the complementary concentric slit-ring type complementary split-ring resonator (csrr). ... Parrot

10/05/17 / #20170289666

Audio headset, in particular for the practice of sport

This headset (10) comprises two earphones (12), a central headband (14) and two lateral branches (16). Each branch comprises at a proximal end a link (20) articulated with the respective end of the central headband (14), providing at least one pivotal degree of freedom. ... Parrot

09/21/17 / #20170267372

Drone, in particular of the flying wing type, provided with a multifunction superstructure element

Disclosed are embodiments of a drone with a flattened tubular part protrudingly mounted on a module located on the fuselage of the drone, where the free distal end of the drone may also include a pitot tube dynamic pressure front air intake. An internal duct may further connect the air intake to a pressure sensor mounted on the module. ... Parrot

09/14/17 / #20170264907

Method of encoding and decoding a video of a drone, and associated devices

The invention relates to a method of dynamically encoding flight data in a video, implemented in a drone, the drone comprising a video sensor and attitude sensors and/or altitude sensors. This method comprises, for successive images captured, a step of capturing flight data (e22) of the drone from the attitude sensors and/or the altitude sensors and a step of encoding the captured image (e23). ... Parrot

08/31/17 / #20170247113

Drone provided with a battery pack having a stiffening function

Embodiments disclosed include a rotary-wing drone that includes a drone body and linking arms, such that a propulsion unit is located at the distal ends of the linking arms. The rotary-wing drone may also include a stiff battery pack with at least one fixation means and a guiding profile. ... Parrot

08/31/17 / #20170247106

Drone provided with foldable drone supports

Disclosed are embodiments of a rotary-wing drone that includes a drone body, linking arms that extend from the drone body with a propulsion unit located on a distal end of the linking arms, and at least two drone supports extending from the drone body. The drone supports may include a lifting means so that the drone supports are able to be lifted when the drone flies, where the drone supports come into alignment with the linking arms. ... Parrot

08/31/17 / #20170247098

Drone with folding linking arms

Disclosed are embodiments of a rotary-wing drone that includes a drone body with two front linking arms and two rear linking arms extending from the drone body with a propulsion unit located on a distal end of the linking arms. The points of fixation of the front linking arms and the points of fixation of the rear linking arms are located at different respective heights with respect to the horizontal median plane of the drone body. ... Parrot

08/17/17 / #20170236291

Drone including a front-view camera with attitude-independent control parameters, in particular auto-exposure control

The drone comprises a camera (14), an inertial unit (46) measuring the drone angles, and an extractor module (52) delivering image data of a mobile capture area of reduced size dynamically displaced in a direction opposite to that of the angle variations measured by the inertial unit. Compensator means (52) receive as an input the current drone attitude data and acting dynamically on the current value (54) of an imaging parameter such as auto-exposure, white balance or autofocus, calculated as a function of the image data contained in the capture area.. ... Parrot

08/03/17 / #20170221395

Propulsion unit allowing the display of a message

A drone propulsion unit includes a propeller with a hub and a plurality of blades, an electric motor with a motor support, and a motor control device, wherein the electric motor includes a fixed part with a stator connected to the motor support and a mobile part with a rotor mobile about an axis of rotation for driving the propeller, the propeller includes a blade with a plurality of electroluminescent diodes and a diode control device, the motor includes a hollow central shaft, and the motor support includes a communication device adapted to communicate with a communication device integrated in the propeller, with the communication devices being positioned on either side of the hollow shaft.. . ... Parrot

07/27/17 / #20170211933

Altitude estimator for a drone

A drone including a barometric sensor adapted to deliver a drone altitude signal; a sensor for measuring the attitude of said drone, adapted to estimate at least one angle of attitude of the drone, and altitude determination means adapted to deliver a drone altitude value, expressed in an absolute terrestrial reference system. The drone includes a relative wind speed sensor adapted to measure the relative wind speed and the altitude determination means includes a device for memorizing predetermined altitude compensation data, an altitude estimator receiving as an input the signals delivered by the attitude measurement sensor and by the relative wind speed sensor and by the barometric sensor and combining these signals with the altitude compensation data memorized in the memorized device to output the estimated drone altitude value.. ... Parrot

05/18/17 / #20170139048

Loading of ephemeris data into a drone

The invention relates to a method, implemented in a drone piloting device (16), of loading satellite ephemeris data, the drone (10) comprising a geolocation module, the method comprising a step of establishing a communication between the piloting device (16) and the drone (10) according to a given communication mode. The method further comprises the following steps implemented in the piloting device: loading ephemeris data (e26) from a remote server (32) connected to a communication network (30), and sending the loaded ephemeris data (e25) to said drone. ... Parrot

05/11/17 / #20170129601

Drone having a coupled propulsion support

The invention relates to a rotary-wing drone (10) comprising a drone body (30) that comprises an electronic circuit board controlling the flight of the drone, four link arms (36) comprising a propulsion unit (38) at their ends, two propulsion units each having a propeller (12) that rotates in the clockwise direction and two propulsion units each having a propeller that rotates in the anticlockwise direction, the propulsion units that have propellers that rotate in the same direction being positioned on the same diagonal line. The drone comprises a propulsion support (32) comprising the link arms (36) and a central hub (34), two pairs of symmetrical link arms each extending on either side of the central hub, the central hub (34) being capable of being coupled to the drone body (30), and the propulsion support (32) having at least one torsional bending direction extending in the horizontal plane.. ... Parrot

04/27/17 / #20170115660

Drone having a support housing an antenna

The invention relates to a rotary-wing drone (10) comprising a drone body comprising an electronic board controlling the piloting of the drone, wireless communication means and a plurality of connection arms, said wireless communication means being connected to a communication antenna (46), a plurality of propulsion units (36) mounted at the end of respective connection arms (34), and at least one drone body support (38) adapted to maintain the drone body remote from the ground. The drone body support (38) comprises an antenna housing (44) provided with means for holding the communication antenna.. ... Parrot

04/20/17 / #20170108857

Drone piloting device adapted to hold piloting commands and associated control method

A device (15) for piloting a drone (10) comprising a touch screen (18) displaying a touch-sensitive area, means for detecting signals emitted by the touch-sensitive area, and means for transforming said detected signals into piloting commands and transmitting said commands to the drone. The device comprises control means, controlled by the touch-sensitive area forming activation/deactivation button, to make the drone piloting mode alternately switch between a mode of activation of the system for holding the last detected commands, mode in which said piloting commands transmitted to the drone result from the transformation of the last detected signals before the switching to the activation mode, and a mode of deactivation of the system for holding the last detected commands, mode in which said piloting commands transmitted to the drone result from the transformation of the current detected signals. ... Parrot

04/13/17 / #20170099885

Garment comprising a module with a removable electronic display, fastened to the garment through supple magnetic means

Garment comprising a module with a removable electronic display, fastened to the garment through supple magnetic means the garment comprises a supple-sheet support (100) including a cut-out (102) formed in an apparent region. The electronic module (200) is a flat module arranged on the inner side of the support, which comprises a flexible circuit supporting electronic components and a display (206). ... Parrot

03/16/17 / #20170078553

Method of determining a duration of exposure of a camera on board a drone, and associated drone

The invention relates to a method of dynamically determining the duration of exposure for the capture of an image implemented in a drone comprising a substantially vertical-view camera. The method comprises a step (21) of measuring of the horizontal speed of displacement of the drone, a step (22) of measuring the distance between said drone and the ground, and a step (23) of determining the duration of exposure based on the measured speed of displacement of the drone, the distance measured between said drone and the ground, a predetermined quantity of blurring and the focal length of said camera.. ... Parrot

03/16/17 / #20170078552

Drone with a front-view camera with segmentation of the sky image for auto-exposure control

The drone comprises a camera (14), an inertial unit (46) measuring the drone angles, and an extractor module (52) delivering image data of a mobile capture area of reduced size dynamically displaced in a direction opposite to that of the variations of angle measured by the inertial unit. The module analyses the image data elements of the useful area to assign to each one a weighting coefficient representative of a probability of belonging to the sky, and defines dynamically a boundary of segmentation (f) of the useful area between sky and ground as a function of these weighting coefficients. ... Parrot

01/05/17 / #20170006263

Camera unit adapted to be placed on board a drone to map a land and a method of image capture management by a camera unit

The invention relates to a camera unit (14) adapted to be placed on board a drone (10) to map a land (16), comprising a camera (18) adapted to capture successive images of portions of the land overflown by the drone. The camera unit comprises means for memorizing the captured images, means for comparing information about the overflown land portion visible through the camera with at least one piece of information about at least the previous captured image to determine the rate of overlapping of the overflown land portion with at least said previous captured image, and means for sending a command to the camera to carry out the capture of an image, as soon as the rate of overlapping of the overflown land portion is lower than or equal to the predetermined rate of overlapping.. ... Parrot

01/05/17 / #20170006240

High-resolution camera unit for a drone, with correction of the wobble-type distortions

This camera unit (14) comprises a high-resolution rolling shutter camera (16) and one or several low-resolution global shutter cameras (18), for example monochromic spectral cameras. All the cameras are oriented in the same direction and are able to be triggered together to collect simultaneously a high-resolution image (i0) and at least one low-resolution image (i1-i4) of a same scene viewed by the drone. ... Parrot








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