Neurala Releases First Autonomous Software App To Create A Self-Driving Toy Robot
Neurala’s Roboscope™ for the Parrot™ Jumping MiniDrones, A Free App For Apple iOS and Soon For Android, Offers Consumers the Latest Robotic Technology on a $190 Toy
BOSTON, MA (PRUnderground) October 20th, 2015
Neurala Roboscope, a fun, free, autonomous driving app for Parrot Jumping MiniDrones, was announced today by Neurala, a Boston-based robotics company known for its high-end robotic intelligence software designed for use by NASA and the US Air Force. While autonomous software to create self-driving cars is getting a significant amount of press coverage, Neurala Roboscope is the first fun way that most people can access this type of advanced technology.
With Roboscope, a user selects an object by moving a box on their iPhone or iPad. Once the object is selected, Neurala’s vision processing software locks onto the subject. Then, when ready, the user tells the Neurala software to launch a playful attack by autonomously driving the robot to the target, jumping or spinning.
“Typically, Neurala produces really hard core brains for robots. That work is really complicated. So, we decided to do something more fun and create a brain for a low cost toy robot. We wanted to make fun AI available to everybody to download and play with,” said Massimiliano Versace, Neurala CEO.
To commemorate the release of its first consumer app, Neurala commissioned a fun video showing Aliens trying to take over the world using Neurala Roboscope and a Parrot Jumping Sumo. However, superheroes, also played by Neurala employees, used Neurala’s software to win the day.
Neurala Roboscope is free from the Apple AppStore and will soon be available from Google Play. An iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 is required as is one of the Parrot Jumping MiniDrones, the Jumping Sumo, Jumping Night or Jumping Race.
About Neurala, Inc.
Neurala, Inc. (http://www.neurala.com) creates software that makes robots, drones, toys, consumer electonics, self-driving cars and smart devices (ioT) more autonomous, engaging and useful. The patent-pending Neurala Intelligence Engine (NIE) is based on the way the human brain works using passive sensors (e.g., cameras like eyes and microphones like ears), make intelligent decisions and act. NIE is based on technology that Neurala developed for NASA for planetary exploration and for the U.S. Air Force Research Labs. The company offers a Software Developers Kit (SDK) for companies wishing to integrate intelligence into their products. Neurala also offers two consumer apps: Neurala Selfie Dronie powers autonomous flight in drones to take stunning videos without human operation or specialized hardware. Neurala Roboscope turns a Parrot Jumping MiniDrone into a self-driving robot that can autonomously and playfully \”attack\” objects in the real world. The company was founded in 2006 and is a graduate of TechStars Boston 2013. It received a seed round of investment of nearly $1-million, led by Tim Draper and Robolution Capital. Follow Neurala on Twitter at @Neurala, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/neurala, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/NeuralaTV.