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Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
6/12/2013

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The University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetics Millisystems Laboratory has designed several insect-emulating robots, including  the Bipedal Ornithopter for Locomotion Transitioning (BOLT), which we featured in last year's robot bugs and worms slideshow. This flapping-wing robot, designed for indoor surveillance or search-and-rescue operations, has been improved so much it has a new name: the H2Bird ornithopter. Like the old version, the new version weighs only 13gm (0.45oz), and it carries a 2.8gm (0.09oz) payload. The airframe, tail rotor, and elevator are made from carbon fiber. Previously, the lab demonstrated the autonomous BOLT's ability to fly toward a target unassisted remotely using a closed-loop attitude regulator with onboard sensors and processors. Now, using computer vision, the lab has demonstrated H2Bird's cooperative target-seeking ability with a ground station. The ground station gives the H2Bird real-time heading estimates via a motion-tracking algorithm. Eventually, multiple H2Birds will cooperate in sensing and navigation tasks.(Source: University of California, Berkeley)
The University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetics Millisystems Laboratory has designed several insect-emulating robots, including the Bipedal Ornithopter for Locomotion Transitioning (BOLT), which we featured in last year's robot bugs and worms slideshow. This flapping-wing robot, designed for indoor surveillance or search-and-rescue operations, has been improved so much it has a new name: the H2Bird ornithopter. Like the old version, the new version weighs only 13gm (0.45oz), and it carries a 2.8gm (0.09oz) payload. The airframe, tail rotor, and elevator are made from carbon fiber. Previously, the lab demonstrated the autonomous BOLT's ability to fly toward a target unassisted remotely using a closed-loop attitude regulator with onboard sensors and processors. Now, using computer vision, the lab has demonstrated H2Bird's cooperative target-seeking ability with a ground station. The ground station gives the H2Bird real-time heading estimates via a motion-tracking algorithm. Eventually, multiple H2Birds will cooperate in sensing and navigation tasks.
(Source: University of California, Berkeley)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Flying Robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/28/2013 11:54:28 AM
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Cabe, thanks! I don't know if this is the one Deberah was thinking of, but I can use it for future slideshows. It does look a bit like a flying fish.

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Cabe Atwell   6/27/2013 11:08:04 PM
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I think this is what you may looking for and it's simply called the 'jumpglider' from Stanford University:

http://bdml.stanford.edu/uploads/Main/PerchingPublications/Jumpgliding.pdf

 

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 3:20:20 PM
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Rob, thanks for the explanation. Guess I haven't seen any yet, since I usually notice things like that.

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Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 3:17:13 PM
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To me, the 2013 penny feels like it's made out of a different, lighter material. The first time I held one, I thought it was a fake. I couldn't find anything online, however, that indicates it's made of different material.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 12:04:11 PM
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Rob, you've got me curious. What's weird about the new penny?

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Ann R. Thryft   6/19/2013 11:53:26 AM
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Deberah, if you remember the name of that flying fish robot, please let us know or post a link. We might be abel to use it in a future nautical robot slideshow.



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Ann R. Thryft   6/19/2013 11:52:06 AM
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Deberah, I agree that mind-controlled robots is an interesting development in robotics. There are different research efforts underway; we covered one of them here:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=254726

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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
mrdon   6/18/2013 6:22:56 PM
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Ann,

Your quite welcome and you are so correct about the process of actualizing through visualization. Somewhere, the sparks of imagination and creativity are ignited in this process.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 6:37:11 PM
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mrdon, thank for the enthusiastic response. I think it's your second suggestion: those of us who've been reading science fiction for years while technology has been progressing to the point where we can actualize what we've been visualizing. I think this is true in robotics, in consumer electronics, and in film (Lord of the Rings, Avatar, e.g.).

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Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 6:36:04 PM
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Thanks for your feedback, bobjengr. It's comments like yours that inspire me to find even weirder, more talented robots :) No sarcasm implied, I really mean it. And yes, it's tough to keep up with all this: the pace of change is mind-boggling, and reminds me of several earlier, similar phases in Silicon Valley when enough brilliant minds and research dollars, plus the right levels of underlying enabling technologies converged to produce world-changing products. You know, like the iPhone and Web browsers.

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