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IEEE Spectrum: Festo’s Fantastical Flying Robots

At the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., Festo, a German industrial automation company, brought along some of its incredible robotic animals for a rare public display. We stopped by the Festo booth to check them out. In an abandoned ballroom upstairs, Festo’s chief pilot, Markus Schäffer, showed off three of the company’s …

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American Museum of Natural History: SciCafe | Swarms of Aerial Robots

Autonomous aerial robots, commonly referred to as drones, could soon be used for search and rescue, first response, and precision farming. Join roboticist Vijay Kumar, dean and professor of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, as he describes the advantages and the challenges of coordinating and controlling teams of small robots.  

TED: Vijay Kumar | The Future of Flying Robots

At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and …

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Harvard: Controlling free flight of a robotic fly

This is the first time a fly-sized robot — the Harvard Robobee — has carried a sensor onboard. In previous flights, the vehicle was “flying blind” — it required an array of external cameras to precisely track its trajectory to control its flight. In this paper, we used a light sensor inspired by the ocelli …

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Markus Fischer: A robot that flies like a bird

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011. …

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