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Blue Jay

The TU/e student team wants to give a positive connotation of drones with helpfulness and social interaction, to show that drones can be used for social problems.

The actual potential of drones is still subject to experimentation and exploration. The student team believes that technology is there to serve and help people improve their quality of life. At Blue Jay Eindhoven they are at the forefront by building a drone that functions in the healthcare sector.

"Team Blue Jay is developing a drone that understands you and can assist you in multiple scenarios. She is safe and operates completely autonomous."

Rik Benoist, Team Manager Blue Jay Eindhoven

Blue Jay can recognize a particular person and different objects, so it knows ‘who’ to bring ‘what’ whenever is needed. This can be accomplished by combining intelligent learning algorithms with cameras of high image-resolution and depth vision, thus resulting in effective face and object recognition. To fetch objects, the drone has an adaptable gripper that can be both strong and gentle, depending on the object of interest.

The drone can determine when your hands or object are under the gripper, so it can smoothly grab and release pressure with its fingers. This function is particularly useful to caretakers that have their hands full and need extra help or for people with limited mobility that have difficulties reaching for objects. Also, you can assign tasks to Blue Jay in real-time through voice commands, or program tasks or reminders for later using the Blue Jay app.