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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Another use for a flying robot; airborne tourism
Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 11:45:08 AM
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William, what an interesting and creative idea. You come up with many of those, I've noticed. I especially like the non-military uses people are thinking up for flying robots.

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Re: Flying Robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 11:46:19 AM
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Pubudu, I think you're asking if RoboBee weighs 80 mg including its camera and comm system, correct? It does seem insanely lightweight, but that's what the team's video and accompanying text posted here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b9FDkJZCMuE#at=16
and here:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6132/603.abstract?sid=74040285-fcde-418a-9a07-b727380cc7e0



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Re: Flying Robots
Pubudu   6/17/2013 1:46:09 PM
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Ann thanks for the links,

I thought that it also have a remote controller to control that. But in the video shows it with the wires. If so what is the application of this. 

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Re: Flying Robots
Pubudu   6/17/2013 1:50:51 PM
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It nice to hear that, Debera can you please share some video of mind controlled robots. 

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FLYING ROBOTS
bobjengr   6/17/2013 6:07:58 PM
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I am absolutely amazed at the rapid pace of this technology.  The devices themselves plus the ability to control and maneuver seem to improve every time I read a report.  It's also becoming apparent there are more and more research facilities involved with development.    You Ann have indicated over the recent months uses that make the developments relevant and newsworthy.  Great post.  I really appreciate you keeping us up to date.  

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Re: Flying Robots
Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 6:31:55 PM
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Pubudu, you're welcome. I wrote a previous article on RoboBee: the link is given in the Related posts list at the end of this article. That prior article states that the RoboBee is currently powered and communicated with via its tether. We also state that this is a prototype, and the next step will be to make it un-tethered.

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Re: FLYING ROBOTS
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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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
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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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.

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Re: Flying Robots
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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