Financial Times: How commercial drones became big business
For Adam Kaplan, the emergence of a market for public safety reshaped his entire business. In 2017 he had founded a gaming company called EdgyBees that used augmented reality so drone pilots could – in the real world – fly through a Star Wars-like universe seen through an iPad.
5G First Responder Lab taps 5 more public safety innovators
We’re excited to announce our participation in Verizon’s 5G First-Responder Lab Program that identifies promising tech companies around the world and gives them access to 5G tech to enhance their public safety solutions.
META’S RESURRECTION SHOWS FUTURE OF AR IS IN THE ENTERPRISE
Among AR’s greatest assets is its ability to add rich contextual information to visual data – information that can, in turn, be used to drive smarter decision-making. Case in point: the public safety sector, where AR means dramatically enhanced situational awareness and operational effectiveness.
Pairing drones with AR software provides significantly enhanced situational awareness, offering construction and infrastructure teams a holistic view of their projects with real-time mapping that can pinpoint trouble spots, track progress, and help teams avoid potentially costly and dangerous mistakes.
Augmented Reality Offers Heightened Situational Awareness for Drone Users
“While drones are proving useful for agencies around the country, the data and information they provide can lack context, making them difficult for first responders to work with. Garrett Bryll, The Joshua (Texas) Fire Department, has improved its situational awareness by integrating AR into its drone, also known as unmanned aerial likened it to flying in an airplane where you can see streets and other landmarks, but you don’t know what those streets or landmarks are.”
Big data lies at the heart of smart city innovation. Drawing on data from connected devices, public agencies, private citizens, and more, cities will be able to optimise their operations and effectively manage change as more and more people call them home.
AR can oftentimes be inaccessible and difficult to integrate into existing offerings — a major pain point for industry professionals looking to implement the technology. To counter this challenge, we recently developed an API offering on our Argus platform to allow developers to create AR software that can be specifically tailored to their industry’s needs.
4 Advanced technologies that make the military stronger
For many, the hotly-disputed military drone conjures images of lethal strikes on enemy targets. But drones are capable of so much more, and can prove highly effective in information-gathering. By providing a bird’s-eye view of areas under surveillance, a drone can deliver vital insights necessary to understand a landscape and effectively plan a mission.
Edgybees launch of the Argus platform bring AR to industrial workers and engineers
The platform is designed to allow developers and engineers at industrial sites to implement AR capabilities quickly to help workers increase situational awareness in operational environments such as in the field, work sites and warehouses
Fixing reality: How AR is being used to solve problems today
Things like spontaneous fires – like house fires – need quick information at the scene. Augmented reality can help with both of these things. The Menlo Park Fire Department uses a technology called EdgyBees, which overlays video feeds with information needed to fight fires, like maps, building layouts, points of interest and more.
Meet Edgybees – The Tech Start-Up Using Augmented Reality In Search And Rescue Operations, And Helping US Air Force
Augmented reality is a technology more commonly associated with Pokemon Go and Snapchat filters, but Edgybees has found numerous real-life use cases for the technology – including search and rescue operations, military missions and broadcast. CEO Adam Kaplan explains how it works to Dan Robinson.
A record-breaking delegation of Israeli innovators are joining more than 180,000 hi-tech professionals and 4,400 companies in Las Vegas on Tuesday as the four-day Consumer Electronics Show – the world’s largest technology gathering – gets under way.
These Technology Startups Help First Responders And Shorten 911 Response Times
In the fight against Northern California’s Camp Fire, a California startup called Edgybees uses augmented reality (AR) overlay of drone footage with 3D mapping technology to give first responders real-time footage of their surroundings.
Israeli Technology Combines Drones With AR For Rescue Operations
A development by a US-based Israeli company was successfully applied by first responder teams during the recent Hurricane Michael events in Florida. The platform combines 3D mapping, data, and live video from UAVs and other aerial platforms.
The drone and augmented reality startup Edgybees for critical situational awareness during rescue missions has developed a real-time platform that relays vital information over video captured by drones to help lead rescue efforts in natural disasters and public safety incidents.
Le Startup Più Significative Nella Produzione Di Droni Commerciali [In Italian]
I droni commerciali sono ormai ampiamente impiegati in una di serie settori. Dalla fotografia e dalla consegna dei prodotti alla modellistica e all’agricoltura. Un mercato che ha un enorme potenziale ed è cresciuto esponenzialmente negli ultimi anni.
8 Israeli Start-Ups Taking Drone Tech To New Heights
Initially developed and used mainly for military combat, unmanned aircraft and drones have become widely adopted in a variety of industries. From photography and product delivery to modelling and agriculture, the commercial drone market holds tremendous potential and has grown exponentially in recent years . According to a PwC study, as of this year the global non-military drone market is valued at $127 billion.
As a top developer of drone technology, and a leading global exporter of military drones, Israel has leveraged its know-how to develop a significant commercial drone market, with some startups in the industry generating international headlines for their innovative tech solutions.
Can a drone gaming company deliver commercial solutions? If you ask today’s guest, he would surely say, “Yes it can.” Menashe Haskin is Co-Founder and CTO of EdgyBees, an augmented reality company that fuses pioneering 3D video generation, computer vision and multi-sensor data analysis to solve real-world problems.
Israeli Startup’s Drone, AR Tech Proves Critical For Rescue Missions After Hurricanes
The California-based Edgybees, which developed a real-time platform that relays vital information over video captured by drones to help lead rescue efforts in natural disasters and public safety incidents, says it communicated closely with affected clients in the lead-up to the hurricane to make sure its solutions could be deployed speedily after the storm hit the Florida Panhandle earlier this month.
AR Overlays From Edgybees Illustrate What’s Possible With Drone Data
Talk about why we need to focus more on the data drones are gathering rather than the drones themselves is becoming pervasive, and all it is being driven by the need to see this technology create answers for a given issue or workflow. Drones can gather vast and detailed amounts of information, but that information needs to be able to influence how decisions are made in the short and long term. It’s a process that has been challenging for many, and is one of the reasons that the Augmented Real-time Intelligence™ solution from Edgybees caught our attention.
As the national drone industry continues to take off, unmanned aerial vehicle experts say it’s likely drones will be used by almost every law enforcement agency across the country within the next few years.
As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.
Situational awareness is key. Getting as much information about a situation as possible is vital for assessing the right way to approach a dangerous area or event. Having a stream of data to help inform the user can make or break any situation.
Augmented Reality Software Helping In Battle Against Wildfires
As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.
California Firefighters Use Augmented Reality In Battle Against Record Infernos
As wildfires sweep California amid what’s been an uncharacteristically early and hot summer, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed. It’s a trial by fire (if you’ll excuse a bad pun) for AR, a technology that’s finally beginning to emerge as more than a novelty.
Motorola Solutions And Edgybees Will Demonstrate At Critical Communications World 2018 Taking Place 15-17 May In Berlin
Together with Edgybees, a company in which Motorola recently invested in, Motorola Solutions will demonstrate at CCW in Berlin the ways in which augmented reality integrated with live drone footage can provide an immersive experience for control room and incident managers.
AR Drone Startup Edgybees Wins Techsauce Israel Challenge
Edgybees, whose technology enables augmented reality on high speed platforms such as drones and cars, today announced that it has won the Techsauce Israel Innovation Challenge. The event, organized by Upround Ventures and Singtel Innov8, with participation by GE Ventures, startup advisor, Hillel Fuld and media partner, Silicon Dragon Ventures, identified the startups most relevant for SE Asian markets. Edgybees will represent Israel at the Techsauce Global Summit, a tech event focused on uniting East and West, in Bangkok, June 22-23, 2018. The event will showcase startups from 19 cities across Asia Pacific with Israel as the 20th country selected. Participants include SE Asia’s leading enterprises ranging from banking, telco, retail, manufacturing, utilities and property, along with strategic investors and tech enthusiasts.
EdgyBees’ technology was used post-Hurricane Irma and California’s Wine Country wildfires to save lives. Menashe Haskin, the company’s CTO, explains Edgybees is utilizing AR software and drone tech to assist rescue workers on the ground. C-Suite TV host Natalie Erlich reports from Israel.
Augmented Reality Plus UAS Tech For Defense, Public Safety, Automotive Shown At Xponential 2018
XPONENTIAL 2018–DENVER. Augmented-reality (AR) platform developer Edgybees — based in Beit Herut, Israel — is showcasing its new life-saving drone technology at the AUVSI Xponential show in Denver this week.
First responders are using augmented reality technology from a California-based company to make their operations more efficient. Edgybees developed software that overlays information such as street names and distress signals onto maps and live-streamed video, said Adam Kaplan, company CEO. …
This Israeli Startup Combines Drones, AR Tech To Help Save Lives In Emergency Situations
An Israeli startup that combines Augmented Reality technology and drones has become a serious aid tool for first responders on rescue missions and disasters zones, especially across the United States..
Edgybees Raises $5.5M To Bring Better AR To Cars And Drones
It’s one thing to dispatch a drone when an accident happens to get an aerial overview of what’s happening on the ground, but you get far better situational awareness if you can use augmented reality (AR) to add the names of roads, the location of key personnel, cars and other assets to that view. That’s what Edgybees, a Santa Clara-based startup that current specializes in AR for drones, offers first responders. Its system has already been used by emergency teams during the Northern California wildfires and hurricane floods in Florida. …
Edgybees Raises $5.5 Million Backed By OurCrowd, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, 8VC, Aspect Ventures And NFX
Edgybees has raised $5.5 million in seed funding backed by leading global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd along with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, 8VC, NFX, and Aspect Ventures …
High-Speed AR Firm Edgybees Completes $5.5m Seed Round
Edgybees, a Californian startup offering augmented reality solutions for “high speed” platforms like drones and cars, has won a $5.5 million Seed funding round. The investment was raised from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, OurCrowd, 8VC, NFX and Aspect Ventures. .
Verizon, Motorola Solutions Back High-Speed Augmented Reality Startup Edgybees
High-speed augmented reality (AR) startup Edgybees Ltd. announced on Wednesday the completion of a $5.5 million Seed round. Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the investment arm of data communication company Motorola Solutions, Inc., Verizon Ventures, and equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Management Ltd. participated in the round, as did venture capital firms 8VC, NFX, and Aspect Ventures. …
Edgybees Raises $5.5 Million Seed Round To Save Lives With Augmented Reality
Funding by OurCrowd, Verizon Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, and 8VC will enable expansion into new verticals, including defense, smart cities, automotive and broadcast media. February 28, 2018 – SANTA CLARA, CA – Edgybees, whose technology enables augmented reality (AR) on high speed platforms like drones and cars, and whose First Response app has been used by emergency teams responding to the Northern California wildfires and post-hurricane flooding in Florida, today announced the completion of a $5.5 million seed round. The round included Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, and Verizon Ventures. Venture firms OurCrowd, 8VC, NFX, and Aspect Ventures also participated. The Company will use the funding to bring its AR technology to new verticals, including defense, smart cities, automotive, and broadcast media. Edgybees enables developers to create realistic, immersive experiences that layer three dimensional visuals over live video from fast-moving cameras. Its patent-pending algorithms data streams from cameras mounted on cars, aerial platforms, or body-worn accessories and can maintain virtual overlays locked against the real world.
Edgybees technology was first applied to an AR racing game for drones, released in conjunction with drone leader DJI in early 2017. Later that year, Edgybees released First Response, a drone-flying app being used by emergency responders to orient themselves in confusing environments and to better track rapidly evolving circumstances. The drone flying app was first used by officials operating in the Florida Keys in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, where they leveraged mapping overlays to identify distress calls in flooded areas. First Response was most recently used by local authorities to keep fireman out of harm’s way, during the Northern California fires last October. Co-founder and CEO Adam Kaplan says, “What started as technology powering a racing game is now saving lives around the world. The overwhelming response by commercial and industrial drone users looking to leverage AR, and partner with us in the fields of fire, public safety, and search & rescue has been amazing, and we can’t wait to expand the next set of drone applications into new markets.”
OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved says, “At OurCrowd we are particularly happy to invest in groundbreaking tech companies who believe they will change the world. What makes EdgyBees so special is that they have already demonstrated that their drone software can save lives in addition to making software history by enabling Augmented Reality at high speed.”
Verizon Ventures’ Merav Rotem-Naaman says, “Edgybees’ technology aims to bring AR to much more challenging circumstances than currently possible – on fast-moving outdoor devices like drones and cars. As a leader in both fleet management for cars and drones, as well as in immersive consumer digital experiences, Verizon Ventures is excited to back this technology.” Edgybees allows developers to create realistic, immersive experiences that layer three dimensional visuals over live video from fast-moving cameras. Its patent-pending algorithms ingest data streams from cameras mounted on cars, aerial platforms, or body-worn accessories and can maintain virtual overlays locked against the real world. Motorola Solutions Chief Technology Officer Paul Steinberg says, “Motorola Solutions is committed to exploring technology-driven solutions to our customers’ challenges. We see powerful potential for Edgybees’ AR software to help us deliver rich, real-time intelligence to public safety and commercial users during the moments that matter.” The Edgybees founding team includes CEO Adam Scott Kaplan; who co-founded and served as an executive in technology companies including Xennex Inc. (acquired by Biotime Inc.), Athoc (acquired by Blackberry), and Digital Guardian and Tonian (acquired by Primary Data); CTO Menashe Haskin, who formally managed the Israeli development office of Amazon Prime Air and holds over 35 US patents in the fields of aerospace, video and vision processing, data processing and communication; and Director of Platform Nitay Megides, a robotics and drone expert, who served in the elite Israeli Defense Forces 8200 Unit, and specializes in drone hardware and software design and architecture. About Edgybees: Edgybees Ltd. created the world’s first augmented reality development platform for fast-moving platforms like cars, airplanes and UAS, and body-worn accessories. Edgybees is headquartered in Israel and has offices in Europe and the United States. For more information: https://edgybees.com
Edgybees’ AR Technology Providing Assistance After Hurricanes Harvey And Irma
Another advancement in drone technology has been made, as an augmented reality technology company based in Israel has been supplying the equipment and the augmented reality software for drones for the first responders working on the frontline of the Hurricane Harvey efforts last week. …
AR Drone Technology Used To Help After Hurricane Harvey Disaster
An augmented reality technology company, Edgybees has been providing augmented reality (AR) software for the drones being used by first responders in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Drones are already providing a valuable asset for first responders in speeding up the search for survivors. However, the emergency relief efforts are hindered by poor visibility and mapping technology.
DJI: San Francisco Bay Area Water Rescue Team Uses Drones In Continued Search And Rescue Operations Around Houston, Texas.
… One project we are already working on is the AR (Augmented Reality) overlay of real-time information over the live video stream coming from our drones. Israeli Edgybees is one of the leaders in this space and the team, with the input from public safety, has been working hard on making this happen. …
Downloaded onto the Moverio glasses, the Drone Prix AR app enables pilots to fly their DJI drones through a virtual obstacle course “in the sky” layered on top of a crystal clear, transparent first person view (FPV) of the drone camera feed.
Optimized for use with the top-selling models of DJI drones, the Drone Prix AR game allows users, especially new drone pilots, to master their skills in a fun, safe and immersive way. Collecting prizes and avoiding obstacles along the way, drone pilots can compete over the best performance, points and time for a coveted place in the high-score leaderboard with other drone pilots around the world.
“The Epson Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition smart glasses offer the perfect platform for our Drone Prix AR app, providing an immersive, seamless experience for optimal enjoyment and learning,” said Adam Kaplan, CEO, Edgybees. “The Moverio glasses also allow pilots to maintain a line of sight to their craft as they weave their way through the course.”
Key features of the Drone Prix app include:
Solo and Competition Modes: Race against the clock to beat your previous score or compete with other users around the world to make it onto the leaderboard.
Flight Assistant: Track guiding will assist the pilot in the 3D space while they navigate around obstacles to collect coins and prizes.
Multiple Courses: Featuring over 30 different obstacle courses, with varying difficulties suitable for novice to experienced pilots.
Social Engagement: Pilots can link their user ID to their Facebook account and share their achievements with top performing pilots appearing on the leaderboard.
“Edgybees has created an amazing new innovation – AR drone gaming on smart glasses – that could only be possible on the Moverio platform,” said Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager, New Ventures, Epson America. “With the Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition, users can avoid having to look down at their smartphones or tablets in bright sunlight, providing convenience, comfort and safety as well as a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.”
The Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition comes pre-loaded with the DJI GO app for use with most DJI hardware. The Drone Edition glasses feature clip-on dark shades for use in bright sunlight as well as special fasteners that secure the Moverio controller onto the DJI phone mount for easy operation.
Edgybees will be demonstrating the Drone Prix app on the Moverio BT-300 during AWE 2017 this week in Las Vegas, May 31-June 2, in the show’s Experience Zone.
To view an Edgybees’ video of the Drone Prix app on the Moverio platform, click here.
About Edgybees Edgybees Ltd. is the world’s first dedicated augmented reality drone technology company. It has a goal to make drone ownership fun, engaging and social, by creating the best gaming experience for drone pilots worldwide. Edgybees is headquartered in Israel and has offices in Europe and the United States.
Extended Reality’ Is The Next Gold Mine For Companies, Digital Professionals
“… No AR and VR conference would be complete without something for the gamers and one product which stood out was Edgybees AR racing game for drones. Drone Prix AR challenges DJI owners to steer their drones through a virtual obstacle course.” …
A momentous occasion nexus in technologies was reached this week when Augmented Reality (AR), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and video gaming all converged with the release of the very first AR drone game. …