Home » Uncategorized » Flying Robots Play Catch
image

Flying Robots Play Catch

Your ads will be inserted here by

Easy Plugin for AdSense.

Please go to the plugin admin page to
Paste your ad code OR
Suppress this ad slot.

A group of Swiss researchers have created a new video putting their high-tech quadrocopter’s flying efficiency to the test. The three flying robots fly back and forth in recognition with each other, whilst each being attached to a three sided net. The intuitive copters can catch incoming balls by flying in formation to move the net accordingly. Once the ball is in the net, they are then also able to launch it upwards by quickly stretching out the net.

“To toss the ball, the quadrocopters accelerate rapidly outward to stretch the net tight between them and launch the ball up. Notice in the video that the quadrocopters are then pulled forcefully inward by the tension in the elastic net, and must rapidly stabilize in order to avoid a collision. Once recovered, the quadrotors cooperatively position the net below the ball in order to catch it,” Explains Robin Ritz, the top contributor to the project, and Lead Researcher at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena.

“Because they are coupled to each other by the net, the quadrocopters experience complex forces that push the vehicles to the limits of their dynamic capabilities. To exploit the full potential of the vehicles under these circumstances requires several novel algorithms.”

“Algorithms include an optimally-based real-time trajectory generation algorithm for the catching maneuver, a time varying control strategy to manage the forces on the individual vehicles that are induced by the net and learning algorithms that compensate for model inaccuracies when aiming the ball.”

By the sounds of things, it must’ve taken a lot of time and skill to create a trio of robots that can work closely with one-another to accomplish a task without being a hindrance to eachother copter’s performance. The robots show an impressive trait, but their ability to catch the ball still needs to be improved a long way before it could be compared to the likes of a team of professional Baseball catchers.

However, video footage of the quadrocopters below shows great potential for robotic interventions for day-to-day life, and with smart mechanics, and well-thought out algorithms like those in the quadrocopters, I would imagine it wouldn’t be long before robots like this are catching stuff in mid air or completing more difficult tasks.

[Source]

About Ollie Green

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.