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Phenox is an intelligent, interactive and programmable drone. Not just a flying robot, but a platform for "Flying Apps" for everyone.
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- Fly your creativity with Phenox! -

Phenox is an intelligent, interactive and programmable drone designed and developed in Tokyo Japan.

Phenox fits in your hand
Phenox fits in your hand

It is named after phenom (genius) and phoenix. Phenox controls itself intelligently to hover stably and revives any number of times by reprogramming.

Onboard Intelligence

We uniquely developed “intelligent self-control system (ISCS)” for Phenox. ISCS enables Phenox to hover stably without any ground stations. With this technology, it remains quite small - almost fits in your hand. This is the world-first successful quadcopter realizing both this smallness and full autonomy within the system in small body.

Interact with Your Voice and Movement

With onboard front-camera, bottom-camera and microphone, Phenox interacts with your voice and movement. There is no need to use controllers anymore. You have only to call and put out your hand to make interaction.

Programmable - Your code flies Linux!

The software system of Phenox is designed based on Linux platform. You don’t need any special develoment environment, only edit program in SD-card and reboot. Following softwares are already in installed in the file system - OpenCV (open-source library for computer vision), Julius (open-source engine for voice recognition).

Phenox Board
Phenox Board

   -  Application Example “Above Your Hand”

Using OpenCV to detect your hand, you can interact with Phenox like walking a dog in the air. ★This application has been adopted to be exhibited in SIGGRAPH 2014, Emerging Technologies*1.

Support Your Creativity

Library, tutorial and sample codes are already available on phenoxlab.com. We are currently uploading more materials as well. With the library, you can easily make your application without struggling to fly it stably. Phenox waits for your creative hack!

Phenox Library supports your creativity
Phenox Library supports your creativity

 *1  Kensho Miyoshi, Ryo Konomura and Koichi Hori,"Above Your Hand: direct and natural interaction with aerial robot", SIGGRAPH 2014, Emerging Technologies

History of Phenox
History of Phenox

Phenox project was started in 2012. Through experiments and prototyping Phenox has come to the 4th version.

1st Prototype: Success in flight at the end of 2012. Micro-controller (cortex-M4) , FPGA(Spatran-6) and DDRSDRAM(64MB), IMUs, a monocular camera and 4-inch propeller. 120g.

2nd Prototype: Self-position estimation system using a monocular camera. Very small brushless motor and its control system. 100 grams.  The study of its self-position estimation and fully autonomous hovering on-board using this prototype will be reported in the international conference *2.

3rd Prototype: ZYNQ-7000 Soc and DDR3 on the compact designed circuit board. Booting linux program from 4GB micro SD card. Two cameras used for self-position estimation and acquisition of raw images on-board. Two separate batteries. 80grams.

Current Prototype
Current Prototype

4th (current) prototype: Cables and separated circuit board are united to one main circuit board system. Miscellaneous hardware and software bugs have been fixed. One battery. Down to 65grams.

*2 Ryo Konomura and Koichi Hori,"Visual 3D Self Localization with 8 Gram Circuit Board for Very Compact and Fully Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 31 - June 5, 2014 (will appear)

We started Phenox because we believe the future of aerial robots.

Aerial space is highly potential for innovative technologies and cultures. So far there seem to be limited applications of flying robots dependent on controller devices or stationary equipment. We wanted to develop an available platform to explore the possibilities in the air much more than ever.

We wanted to share Phenox through Kickstarter first. We recognize that Kickstarter hosts an important community: artists, innovators, and intellectually curious people. Phenox “Laboratory Models” are to be distributed as rewards for limited early buckers. Their hacks and feedbacks are necessary for us to make Phenox more meaningful. Your support means everything to us, and all of the funding will go towards vitally important aspects of making Phenox a reality.

 Batteries, Battery Chargers, Phenox Frames, Motors and Protective Eyeglasses are to be shipped at the end of August.

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You’ll get update messages from Phenox Lab. Let’s share the process that Phenox takes off into the world!

A memorial booklet including photos and infomation of engineering process and developer interviews.

A spare battery that just fits in Phenox.

A battery charger suitable for Phenox battery. (12V AC adapter is required.)

A spare motor that just fits in Phenox.

Protective eyeglasses for safety.

Phenox Frame
Phenox Frame

A 3D-printed Phenox frame colored in “Champagne Gold”. 

Phenox Laboratory Model
Phenox Laboratory Model

Kickstater Exclusive!

For limited early buckers: Phenox Laboratory model including spare propellers, two batteries, two color gloves and a whistle. (Battery charger is sold separately.)

Designed, Developed and Assembled in Tokyo, Japan.

System Structure

phenoxlab.com

Ryo Konomura, chief engineer

Ryo Konomura is a PhD student at AI lab in Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Tokyo. He got his BA and MA from Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Tokyo. He designed the electronic circuit board, firmware system, and flying system of Phenox.

Kensho Miyoshi, interaction designer and engineer

Kensho Miyoshi is a Master student at AI lab in Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Tokyo. He got his BA from Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Tokyo. Bronze Design Award winner in A' Design Award and Competition 2013-2014.

Support & Acknowledgements

We would love to thank our family, friends, and everyone who has helped us. Their feedback, support, and positive encouragement have been the most important for us to bring Phenox into reality.

1. To achieve maneuverability, Phenox is designed to reduce weight – at the same time, fragile. So control it with care in each operating cycle.

2. Please read online manual carefully and see our tutorials before playing with Phenox.

3. As propellers are naked, please ensure safety with eye protectors anytime.

4. Phenox is an experimental device for developers and radio operators. As Bluetooth connector receives no qualification, please make experiments carefully about environment.

Risks and challenges

We have identified several risks and challenges to manufacture and deliver our product.

・Quality control
So far we have tested our prototypes in our laboratory intensively, but mass production is going to be a different story. We plan to purchase a part of our components from outside our countries, which means there is a risk of unexpected inferior goods or delay. To mitigate these risks, All of Phenox Laboratory Models will be assambled and examined in Tokyo, Japan.

・Supply chain
We are going to purchase components from countries, assemble them in Japan, which means we have to manage our supply chain over multiple countries. To reduce risks around the supply chain, we have already specified and communicated with the supplier of all components.

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