26 Feb '13, 4pm

Bat Wing Robot Helping Us Figure Out Why Bats Are Awesome

Bats are awesome. At least, roboticists think so , and for good reason: bats are spectacular fliers, and we've got a lot to learn from them. Problem is, bats are bats, and bats, being bats, are more interested in catching and eating a bellyfull of bugs than sitting still while biologists fiddle with high speed cameras and X-ray machines and whatnot. The solution, as always, is a robot. Brown University's robotic bat wing can't quite fly (not by itself, anyway), but it does a great job of pretending. With three servos and seven movable joints and bones 3D printed to match the real thing, the wing can match the basic flight parameters of bats well enough to allow biologists to measure energy consumption. By tweaking these parameters, it's possible to see what sort of flight techniques make a difference, and use those data to inform future wing designs for flapping wing UAVs....

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/bat-wing-...

Tweets

Robotics /^\ Bat Wing Robot Helping Us Figure O...

spectrum.ieee.org 26 Feb '13, 4pm

Bats are awesome. At least, roboticists think so , and for good reason: bats are spectacular fliers, and we've got a lot t...

GooglePlex Robot

GooglePlex Robot

seroundtable.com 28 Feb '13, 1pm

Jason Mayes from Google shared a picture on Google+ of some random statues on site at the GooglePlex in Mountain View, Cal...

Startup Spotlight: Kinova Creating Robot Arms That Improve Lives

Startup Spotlight: Kinova Creating Robot Arms T...

spectrum.ieee.org 26 Feb '13, 9pm

This is the second post in our Startup Spotlight series featuring new robotics companies from around the world. We're invi...

Robot to Human: “Trust Me”: Rescue robots respond to operator stress levels

Robot to Human: “Trust Me”: Rescue robots respo...

spectrum.ieee.org 28 Feb '13, 6pm

Photo: Panagotis Papadakis Search and Rescue: Researchers in Europe explored how well rescuers worked with robots in disas...

U.S. bat epidemic spreads to 20th state

U.S. bat epidemic spreads to 20th state

mnn.com 01 Mar '13, 8pm

White-nose syndrome has invaded Illinois, wildlife officials confirmed Thursday, making it the 20th U.S. state to be infes...

Meet Pneupard, Osaka University's Air-Powered Cheetah Robot

Meet Pneupard, Osaka University's Air-Powered C...

spectrum.ieee.org 25 Feb '13, 4pm

Roboticists around the world are in the process of reverse engineering the anatomical construction of cheetahs and other c...

A look back on our experience at Artisan's Asylum's awesome "Make a Makerspace" event in Feb.

A look back on our experience at Artisan's Asyl...

sparkfun.com 26 Feb '13, 6pm

Monday morning, Chris Taylor and I headed over to Harvard Engineering to tour their Undergrad Engineering labs – wow! We g...

@juandatu @platana @juanenlasala

designsojourn.com 01 Mar '13, 2pm

We value your comments as they provide different perspectives that we can learn from and/or improve our products as we see...