Seagate targets storage for drones and robots

Seagate believes drones and robots need a more substantial form of storage than CompactFlash or SD cards

Seagate is targeting drones and robots as it looks to add its storage technologies to new devices.

"There's a huge opportunity there," said Patrick Ferguson, a product manager at Seagate. "I'm really excited about it."

Manufacturers make drones easy to fly, but storage isn't a heavy consideration, Ferguson said.

Robots and drones generate a lot of data, but have limited internal storage to retain all that information. For example, drones with multiple cameras generate a lot of video, but just one CompactFlash or SD card to store all that data may not be enough.

"In a 20 minute flight you're talking hundreds of gigabytes, not tens of gigabytes," Ferguson said.

Data increasingly is being uploaded to the cloud for analysis. Gigabytes of data can't be uploaded to the cloud in real-time when a drone's in flight, so it'll have to sit on the device until it can be extracted and uploaded.

There are other considerations when building storage into drones and robots. These devices could easily get lost, or data could get damaged if a drone goes underwater.

"We're actively looking how do you simplify getting [data] off the device. You don't know that thing's coming back once it's in the air," Ferguson said.

Seagate is also considering technologies to make sense of data collected on a drone or robot in real time. For example, drones could generate data for 3D mapping, and users could "interact" with that data in real-time as it is transferred down to a portable server nearby.

The company didn't say what kind of storage -- SSDs or hard drives -- it would bring to drones and robots. But if a drone is recording high-definition video, it may need storage based on the latest protocols, such as SATA or PCI-Express 3.0.

Seagate sells consumer and enterprise storage products. It is also expanding its presence in the Internet of Things and connected home spaces.

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