Using Drones To End Gun ViolenceJanuary 3, 2018
What if drones could end gun violence?
Astral AR, a startup is testing Edna, a public safety drone, to try and do just that. The unmanned aerial vehicle can stop bullets and has the ability to detect and identify loaded firearms through walls.
The drone can be piloted manually, but also has autonomous capabilities, “Our piloting system allows you to fly the drone with your mind in augmented reality. So you can think ‘bank left,’ and the drone banks left. You see all of this from the drones perspective in holographic 3D, in an AR vizor,” said Leah LaSalla, founder of the company.
Edna was recently solicited for recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey and Irma to find locals that were trapped in their homes, as the drone can also detect breathing and heartbeats through walls to locate people.
The team’s main goal is to provide services to law enforcement and emergency response teams across the world to enforce existing gun control laws.
“Eighty percent of our team are women and people of colour, and some of us are veterans and disabled individuals, so this is very personal for all of us,” said LaSalla.
Astral AR will be exhibiting at CES in Las Vegas, January 9-12.