22 May '15, 2pm

Video Friday: Deep-Learning Robots, DRC Practice, and Drone Pilot Competition

Video Friday: Deep-Learning Robots, DRC Practice, and Drone Pilot Competition

Inspired by origami, the folding drone developed by a team at EPFL and NCCR Robotics unfurls and takes off in a third of a second. The moment it is turned on, the rotors engage, the articulated arms extend and the drone begins moving. This eager device could be quickly released in large numbers over a disaster zone in order to bring back photos and establish contact with people in need. The arms, made of fibreglass and light inelastic polyester, fold up into the shape of a trapezoid. When not in use, they wrap horizontally around the body of the device. What sets this device apart is the ability of the arms to unfold by themselves: the force generated by the rotors causes the arms to move into place. The rotors turn in the same direction, causing the arms to rotate out the opposite way and open around two vertical folds. When the arms are fully extended, their upper sectio...

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

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