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Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action

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Measurementblues
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Students and robotics
Measurementblues   6/13/2013 9:04:40 AM
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I've written a number of blogs about students designing and building robots at WPI, the first US university to offer an undergraduate degree in robotics.

Students Design Underwater Robot

Robotics Seniors Show Off Their Projects

Robots Need Connectivity to Get Moving

Students Design Robots

Technology Review ran an article yesterday on robotics called "How Technology Is Destroying Jobs."

 

Droid
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Hummingbird at the Window
Droid   6/13/2013 9:40:48 AM
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In 5-10 years, we may all be looking at the hummingbirds buzzing around our window and wonder who's on the other end looking back at us.   Cool stuff, however..

yars
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Autonomous versus remote-control
yars   6/13/2013 9:41:20 AM
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FYI, autonomous vehicles are exactly that - they have the resources to carry out their assigned mission without any intervention from remotely-located pilots.  Remotely-piloted vehicles are another class, altogether.

GTOlover
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Re: Hummingbird at the Window
GTOlover   6/13/2013 10:01:54 AM
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And given the revelations of the NSA, FBI, and DOJ snooping on citizens, valid question indeed!

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Nice compliation
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2013 12:53:16 PM
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Elizabeth, that may have been one of Festo's flying robots we included in an earlier slideshow. Those are the only robots I would call beautiful. Let us know if you remember which one it is.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2013 12:57:21 PM
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There are varying definitions of what makes a robot autonomous. Some flying or ground robots can carry out missions autonomously, according to yars' definition, but also have communication with a remote pilot. The point of that link is so the pilot can decide to tell the robot to do other things once the pilot has examined video sent back by the robot. This combination capability is often used in military applications.

Thinking_J
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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
Thinking_J   6/13/2013 5:06:43 PM
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Ann,

As far as the FAA is concerned.. there are no differences (remote or autonomous).

Unmanned is the only category involved .. don't care if autonomous or remotely controlled per their latest rulings. Smallest RC aircraft to military drones are covered.

The only other condition they currently address: for profit or hobby.

http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/uas_faq/

Currently ANY commercial use of unmanned flying craft is illegal.. don't care about size, method of control, flight altitudes, etc.. .

Want to monitor your crops? illegal (except as a hobby)

Want an aerial photo of your home for purpose of selling the house? illegal.

At present, only hobbyist and researchers have some legal basis for use of unmanned flying craft. Not the police , not the military, not Hollywood film crews, etc.. are allowed unless by special permission via the FAA.

They (the FAA) have their hands full at the moment trying to develop some legal framework for reasonable uses and liabilities.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/19/4120548/calm-before-the-swarm-domestic-drones-are-here

Of course there is the issue of enforcement of the law....

'We are a Nation of Laws... randomly enforced' (my favorite from F.Zappa)

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2013 8:14:49 PM
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Thanks for all the info, Thinking_J. The FAA rules angle is an interesting one. Usually, when it comes to definitions we're talking robotics theory, not FAA flight rules. And--you are a Zappa fan! Yay! I came of age on Freak Out.

taimoortariq
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Interesting Slideshow
taimoortariq   6/14/2013 12:05:01 PM
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Thanks for the slideshow Ann, these robots all seem pretty amazing, with quite different flight styles in almost all of them. As we discussed before, in the robobee article that in this robotics field the dynamics of the the flying body against different airy environments is pretty complex to control, specially in a flapping wing robot, it feels quite good to see such projects working and developing more. 

William K.
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Another use for a flying robot; airborne tourism
William K.   6/14/2013 5:04:44 PM
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Ann, on my vaction trip this year I had another idea as to a very good use for a video-sending hovering-type airborn robot. Many of our national parks put limitations on where you can walk to see all of the wonderful things that are there. Some of the best viewing spots are unsafe, some would be quickly damaged by pedestrian traffic. An airborn camera could allow one to see these places form some very interesting vantage points without doing any damage or being in any danger. Rental odf those devices for use in the parks could be a source of additional revenue. So there is another idea for another use of the "flying spying machines."

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