IIIT-H designs KiteCam as an alternative to drones | Hyderabad News
Hyderabad: a kite camera (KiteCam) developed by researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) may be a cost effective alternative to drones. Experimental research for an inexpensive everyday solution to aerial photography IIIT-H researchers from the Internet of Things Processes, Architecture and Technology Research Lab (PATRIoT) to design a complete lightweight system that can be attached to any regular kite to capture images.
As a kite depends on the wind, the team led by student Abhinav Navnit under the direction of Aftab Hussain, first carried out an in-depth study of the dynamics of flight. “The normal Indian kite weighs between 10 and 15 grams. To lift it and whatever is mounted on it, you need an appropriate wind force. We found out that normal wind conditions can carry around 50g, of which 10g is the weight of the kite itself. So our whole system had to fit in about 40g, ”Hussain said.
Using two ultra-light and flexible lithium polymer batteries that weigh only 4.65g each, the full configuration weighed 42g, which was below the maximum limit required for takeoff. On its first flight, the KiteCam demonstrated its superiority over drones in terms of power consumption by successfully flying for 35 minutes, during which a total of 4,356 images were captured.