Crash Proof Robots
- Category: Technology News
- Created on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:13
- Written by Lanie Yao
Scientists at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland have been inventing a flying robot that can crash, pick itself up and fly again. According to Klaptocz, this has a lot of applications such as exploration of dangerous, hard to reach collapsed mines, dark caves and irritated nuclear plants. This uses an optic-flow based algorithms resembling those of insects. The robot’s moving parts are protected by a carbon-cage and has a carbon-fiber “legs” that has an active recovery system which allows the robot to bounce back up again when it bumps into an obstacle. The robot comes with different iteration: “samurai” allowing it to return to an upright position and take off after collision no matter how long it stands on the ground. “sticky” with gecko-inspired dry adhesive to attach to smooth surfaces; “Bumpy,” which has a sense of touch; and “HoverMouse,” which has a gravity-based self-recovery system to allow it to return to takeoff position after collisions. The laboratory still tries to develop different capabilities for new flying robots.