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Parrot SLAMdunk isn't a basketball-playing drone

But the ready-to-use developer kit could help someone build a drone that could.

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SLAMdunk can turn a regular quadcopter into a smart drone.

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Parrot might be best known for its consumer drones like the Bebop, but it has a deep history of developing technologies for professionals, too.

Case in point, the SLAMdunk, an open development kit for Linux-based drones and robotic platforms for work with autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, indoor navigation and 3D mapping, specifically in environments with multiple barriers and where GPS signals are not available. The name comes from the integrated advanced software based on a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm.

The system, powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor, can be mounted on multirotor or fixed-wing aircraft as well as rolling robots and articulated arms. It connects to the drone's or robot's battery via a 3.5mm jack cable with a USB cable for communication between the two.

The Parrot SLAMdunk developer kit will be available in Q4 2016.