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mrdon
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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
mrdon   6/16/2013 10:24:44 PM
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Ann,

Great article and slides. The field of robotics has definitely progress into the realm of science fiction or maybe its the other way. LOL. Looking at these magnificient machines its hard to believe they can achieve flight. The question of FAA flight rules is very intriguing because of the airspace restrictions imposed by this air traffic governing agency. Just wondering what would the restrictions be imposed upon flying robots? Again, enjoy reading your robot articles!

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Re: Interesting Slideshow
mrdon   6/16/2013 9:57:57 PM
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taimoortariq,

 

I agree. The design of these robots are very elegant and they're production ready as well. Its nice to see how mechatronics is influencing the field of robots especially flying ones.

Pubudu
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Re: Autonomous versus remote-control
Pubudu   6/15/2013 1:36:11 AM
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Wow thinking_J thanks for shairing the links. it a wonderful information on the second link 

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Re: Hummingbird at the Window
Pubudu   6/15/2013 1:28:37 AM
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True Droid. Imaging a world with flying humans. I feel it will be good as well as a it will be a big issue for the security also. 

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Re:Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Pubudu   6/15/2013 1:24:12 AM
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Ann Thanks for the link it amazing, But I feel that wingsuits has a limited controllability and its risky.

I also like AnandY's Idea. 

 

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Re: Flying Robots
Pubudu   6/15/2013 1:16:06 AM
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Rob I also like the RoboBee,
Ann 80mg is with the camera and communication system?

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."

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. 

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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.

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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)

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