Lucas Roitman, Stanford researcher, makes ADIA, the Artificial Drone Intelligence that will change the world as we know it!
Lucas Roitman, CEO and Founder of ADIA, along with other Stanford students and researchers, is developing a personal drone for your home, that you can easily make apps for. It’s like an iPhone, that has tons of different apps, but it flies!
If that sounds interesting, check it out at: http://adia.tech
image: the drone includes basic building blocks for computer vision and artificial intelligence, like deep learning and SLAM
Lucas Roitman, the boy genius who became famous as a child and teenager for countless projects: created a viral webgame at 13 years old, made a sold an Augmented Reality product when he was 16 years old. Became an international medallist in informatics olympiads (participated in Thailand and Italy), was featured on national news and is an author of dozens of papers from engineering to design, politics and economics. He is now the CEO and Founder of ADIA, an artificial intelligence robotics company.
ADIA is a versatile drone platform which promises a much simpler product than the alternatives: “you download and install a new app” by using your phone, and the drone suddenly “learns” more skills. It’s a perfect drone for anyone.
We think it’s absolutely stunning! The drone is equipped to perform functions like: filming indoors or outdoors, delivering food or medicine, and even providing security at home and alerting you if someone breaks into your house. This drone is a first of its kind.
Adia promises to make available an app store very soon. In that marketplace, you’ll be able to find many apps and games. You can browse through them on your iOS or Android phone, or on the web, but you can also use voice commands to install the apps and run them. It comes with some apps installed as well.
Adia consists of a great team that is amazingly skilled. They have CS PhDs from the AI lab, and MBAs from the Stanford business school. They also work with Product designers and artists. The Founder and CEO is Lucas Roitman: the inventor and designer of the drone. He’s an artificial intelligence researcher at Stanford, but he’s also a successful businessman and a talented product designer. Gaston Agudiez has made some amazing application designs that add a lot of functionality to this already great drone and contributed as the graphic and web designer.
Tushar Soni is the deep learning engineering lead. Naman Gupta is the 3d mapping and the robot operating system lead, and Yash Savani, who is pursuing his master’s in statistics at Stanford, is the data science specialist. Also, Alexis Gonzalez, is the linux systems administrator, Matias Villaverde is doing design and programming, and Aleksandar Kolov is doing web design. This team is quite globalized: it includes people from eastern and western europe, the USA, South America, and India. Every single one of them is extremely accomplished in their fields.
image: ADIA is a new smart drone platform for developers and consumers
Even though the team is impressive, making this drone is not an easy task. However the main founder is a visionary with a long history of great achievements. Lucas Roitman, the boy genius who has been well known as a child and teenager for countless projects, has already had achievements in many fields. He is a national olympiads gold medallist and an international contestant.
He won a silver medal in the iberoamerican olympiad of informatics, and he represented the national team twice, in Thailand and Italy. He made a viral webgame at the age of 13, became well-known for a computer hack that would make desktop icons bounce around the computer desktop. He’s been featured on national news, and has been invited to many national events such as Tecnopolis and other trade shows.
Check his website at http://lucasroitman.com to see his projects.
Lucas has won multiple awards and prizes for his projects and hacking skills. He’s also traveled to many cities for competitions and exhibitions. Some of his projects have made him famous on the internet from a very young age.
As we all know, drones are mostly used for filming right now. What Adia offers that none of the others do, is that it can film indoors without crashing and without human controls. That’s right, you don’t need to control it from a radio or a phone, even. You set it up to film around the room, and you tell it which subjects are important, and it will go around filming for you. That’s a hands off approach. It can also do this outdoors, which no other drone can do either.
Lucas has also been a great young businessman. He sold an Augmented Reality product at the age of 16, and made a technology consulting business when he was 18 years old, working with startups in Silicon Valley. Then, he’s worked in Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence lab, in professor Sebastian Thrun’s lab, who leads Google X’s self-driving car project. He made his senior thesis with professor Terry Winograd as a contributor, the same advisor to the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Then, he worked on drones and received two rounds of financing for a drone company. Through the HAX accelerator program, he has been sent to Shenzhen, China, to prototype a drone and find manufacturers, and then received a bridge round of funding, putting the company at a multimillion dollar valuation. That means his net worth is estimated to be at least of a couple million dollars, and is still growing.
image: the vision for ADIA Robotics is quite ambitious
Lucas was such a promising entrepreneur that he got recruited to top universities and was admitted to Stanford, MIT, Yale, Upenn and many others. He’s studying at Stanford with a full scholarship.
He and his group have designed the prototype, and now they are partnering with contractors and venture capital firms. They were insistent in making sure that their drone is used for the good of society.
Lucas has performed research and written academic papers in many topics, such as philosophy, economics, quantum physics, machine learning, augmented reality, sci-fi literature, public policy, urban design, international politics, history, management, and 3d printing. He’s made multiple successful companies, all while attending high school and college. He’s about to graduate from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and possibly even a master’s in Symbolic Systems, which is Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine interaction, and neuro-cognitive science.
The picture is not a joke. The drone can deliver for real. Maybe it will not carry a baby, but it can bring chinese food to your table (not just your front door). With its SLAM 3d mapping, it can literally come in through the window and leave the package in your room.
This drone is different to others. It is created for the home and personal use, and lets you install many diverse applications. The team said: “In the beginning, we are thinking of launching three different apps: Film, for indoor or outdoor filming, Deliver, for food or product delivery, such as medicine, and Secure, for private security at home.”
This is the smartest drone we’ve ever seen. It has artificial intelligence for tracking people, cars, finding specific buildings and landing spots. It has face tracking and recognition, and it can also recognize hand gestures. It also has voice commands and it speaks to you. This is a package you will not find in any other product.
ADIA’s CEO said that they aim to “deliver drones to the the mainstream person, so that every household has one, and put them at the service of the individual, not only big faceless corporations.” Pretty freakin’ mind-blowing, right?
He also added that “Our drone is much easier to create applications for. Our goal is that even a smart 5-year-old can make a basic drone game app.”
The development environment is quite streamlined. It looks like the easiest way to get started developing with drones. If you’re making a startup or a big company, or even if you have a restaurant or store, you might want to check this out. They offer many options for delivery, filming, surveying, and they make it really easy to adapt their solutions to your business.
Apps run on the drone and on your phone. They communicate with each other over the internet. This allows Adia to deliver packages in the neighborhood, patrol around your house, or film the area of your choice.
You can publish your applications on the Adia store, and the platform will connect the drone to any phone, tablet or web application you make. It couldn’t be easier. Of course, you will still need to develop your mobile app, but Adia provides a few building blocks like a synchronized map that shows where the drone is, and a couple other components that are often used with drones.
So, there you have it. This is the most promising drone so far, with a team that can definitely realize the company’s ambitious vision.
Company Name: Adia
Contact Person: Lucas Roitman
City: Palo Alto
Country: United States