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oldtimer8080
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Crichton did it already...
oldtimer8080   3/5/2012 11:25:56 PM
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Read " PREY " for the NEGATIVE possibilities of swarm biotechnology mimicry.

This fairly good read involves mixing this technology with AI and is something to consider if people want to take that step.

We already have the problem with these flyers violating trespassing laws ( and the resultant attempts to recover these " spies " on private property ).

I know that if something shows up on my property, I have a HERF cannon that can take it down. Good luck on getting it back. Finders keepers still apply.

 

 

Charles Murray
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Re: GRASP Lab and wireless-comm modules
Charles Murray   3/5/2012 7:27:58 PM
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I don't know how realistic it is, but I have to admit that I do like JPW's python app. Sounds like the beginning of a good reality TV show.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: robotic shriners
Ann R. Thryft   3/5/2012 12:44:13 PM
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AJ2X, check out the TED talk video:

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html 

There's a lot more info in here--finally!--from the head of the GRASP Lab Vijay Kumar. Before this was posted last week, there was almost no info on how these little guys work, or even what their capabilities are.


Jon Titus
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Re: robotic Shriners
Jon Titus   3/5/2012 12:36:00 PM
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As far as the information goes, the robotic devices communicate with each other.  I can't recall whether they use GPS, but suspect at least the base station would use it.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: GRASP Lab and wireless-comm modules
Ann R. Thryft   3/5/2012 12:14:15 PM
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Chuck, I agree, the apparently instantaneous communication is awesome. Jon, thanks for digging up that info from GRASP, which comes from a TED talk given after I filed this story:

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html There's quite a lot of detail in the TED talk. The swarming technology, such as the protocol created by one of their grad students, is especially interesting, as well as the control algorithms that help the quadrotors create maps and figure out how to navigate obstacles. So is the fact that GRASP is working on different sizes of drones, not just the little quadrotors. I think the transportation, building and post-disaster apps are the most interesting. 


AJ2X
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Re: robotic shriners
AJ2X   3/5/2012 11:32:57 AM
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Heh heh -- I do love the term "robotic Shriners."  Sounds like something from a Futurama episode.  It does seem appropriate for that figure-8 demo.

This is very cool stuff.  I wonder what technology is used to have each 'copter locate itself in space, with respect to its neighbors.  At their size, an inch or two of mislocation could be disastrous.

Though no claim was made for swarm behavior, I saw the video below a couple days before reading this piece, and think  the two groups should get together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sUeGC-8dyk

ChasChas
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robotic Shriners
ChasChas   3/5/2012 9:45:11 AM
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Looks like robotic Shriners performing.

Might be great for keeping military aircraft in formation and give the pilots more time to scan the skies for the enemy.

Are they just in sync or do they actually comunicate with each other?

JPW
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Python eliminator
JPW   3/5/2012 9:18:52 AM
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I've proposed to friends that these would be great for seeking out and eradicating the Python problem in Florida. Equiped with sensors to search out the Python's and a poison dart they could do quickly what would take us years, if not decades, of dedicated hard work.

I've also considered these for garden patrol, not to kill the offending insects, just to annoy them so they go somewhere else.

Boy, sounds lot like those things in the Matrix.

brianpp
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Re: flying robots in formation
brianpp   3/5/2012 2:39:33 AM
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I am looking forward to use nano quadrotor, hope it must be working good.

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still in 1 Peace
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flying robots in formation
still in 1 Peace   3/3/2012 3:46:23 PM
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If these quadrotors can all lift on the same light-weight carbon fiber beam, they should be able to generate enough net lift to carry objects.   I wonder how many it would take to rescue a human from a mid-stream car top.  Lithium polymer batteries give amazing power to weight capability.

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