Autonomous drones to 3D body scanners: The future tech headed to your home

Autonomous drones

Fancy a peak at the technology that's just around the corner?

This week, chipmaker Intel unveiled prototypes that reflect the type of gadgets we will be using in the near-future.

This ASCTEC drone is able to automatically dodge obstacles and people as it navigates.

The drone has full 360 degree, 3D view of the world around its thanks to the six long-range Intel RealSense cameras that sit on top.

Controlling the drone is as easy as giving it a destination and then letting it find its own way - thanks to its ability to spot and avoid potential collisions.

Intel said such automated navigation will be necessary if retailers are to deliver goods using drones.

The cameras can capture colour video at 60 FPS, as well as recording how far away the objects they film are from the camera. Each camera can capture this depth information at up to 10 feet.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.