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Crash Proof Robots

Crash Proof Robots

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.

 

Source: http://dsc.discovery.com/gear-gadgets/meet-the-worlds-first-crash-proof-robot.html

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