28 Feb '14, 4pm

Video Friday: Flocking Quadcopters, Hip Hop NAO, and Watson Gets Cooking

Video Friday: Flocking Quadcopters, Hip Hop NAO, and Watson Gets Cooking

According to [Tamás Vicsek, a physicist at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest], the only other truly autonomous drone flock was created in 2011 by robotics researcher Dario Floreano at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. But his machines were fixed-wing fliers that could move only at constant speeds and had to fly at different heights to avoid collisions. “It looked like a swarm but wasn’t a real one because they didn’t interact with one another,” says Vicsek. By contrast, his drones can coordinate their movements to form rotating rings or straight lines. If Vicsek tells them that they face a wall with a gap in it, they can queue up to squeeze through. The drones did not flock successfully until the team managed to speed up their reaction times — a challenge that Floreano and his team also had to overcome. Vicsek and his team submitted their results as...

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

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