Riyadh: Researchers in Saudi Arabia has created a compact, low-cost radar which will provide assistance to drones.
As per details, the drone is developed by a team at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and VTT Technical Research Center.
The radar is said to provide detailed information about the size, distance and speed of moving objects. Such sensors could help visually impaired people by translating radar reflections into useful information.
“Current radar modules are large and bulky. They also lose out on key details because they operate using long radio wavelengths,” said Seifallah Jardak, who worked on the project.
The device design incorporates a frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar, which produces continuous pulses of millimetre-wavelength radio waves that have a frequency that varies during each pulse.
The device fits into a 10cm box, weighs less than 150g and is powered by a 5V battery. Initial trials suggest the device is capable of target detection, speed estimation and tracking at ranges of up to 12m.