Hollywood movies such as ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ have used aerial track shots provided by drone helicopters with cameras.
However, those shots require careful planning to avoid collisions, and separate operators for the drones and cameras.
But MIT researchers have developed a camera-equipped, autonomous drone that can maintain a shot’s framing – which figures or faces appear where – as people move, all while avoiding collisions.
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The drone allows, for example, a movie director to specify a shot’s framing, and then while flying, it generates control signals for a camera-equipped autonomous drone, which preserve