28 Feb '13, 3pm

AirBurr MAV Navigates by Bouncing Off Walls and Floors

AirBurr MAV Navigates by Bouncing Off Walls and Floors

A lot of UAV research is focused on making flying robots that can navigate by themselves using sophisticated sensor systems, intelligently avoiding crashing into things. This is a fantastic goal to have, but it's not easy. EPFL is doing away with just about all of that with a new version of AirBurr, a robot that's specifically designed to run into everything and crash all the time, building maps as it does so. As we saw last June, AirBurr has undergone a remarkable evolution since 2009 . And even in 2012, they were only on version 8, while the current version is up to 11. AirBurr is a coaxial UAV that is totally comfortable with collisions, thanks to its shock absorbing roll cage and self-righting mechanism: Its rigid central core is surrounded by specially-designed tetrahedral-shaped springs that buckle to efficiently absorb impact energy. The springs protect the AirBurr ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-in...

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