Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly and cooperate on TED ideas worth spreading
They started out as wind up toys
Robotics are here to stay!
Robots have always been man's most astounding invention thus far besides that of its mother the computer, and especially for those robots that have been created in the 21st century. For many years the technology we've been seeing has been truly awesome, anywhere from automated weapons systems, to nanobots, new developments keep sprouting out from the robotics industry, and it all starts with the experimental stages out at the University engineering levels.
I recently found a powerful robotics story that was fully featured on a cool informational network resource web location known as TED. TED talks is a very well known digital and physical platform for launching some pretty amazing speeches, educative presentations, and spreading great genius ideas world wide, where they have a cool stage that is used to promote many talks from online.
This hub is going to present and review such a Talk, and it's all about Vijay Kumar's robotic developments, he's the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Pennsylvania University, Philadelphia located in the U.S.
He discusses all about it and made a truly remarkable speech presentation on TED, explaining the physical dynamics, the purpose, usage and overall functionality of his new flying machines that are considered to be autonomous, very small, and can conduct coordinated multi-robot formations.
Here's his must see TED talk speech that's totally mind blowing!
What is meant by Autonomous robots?
There are many differing breakthroughs in the robotics industry today, and in terms of upward progress being made, many in which all types of engineers have had the privilege to provide their working knowledge into such technologies. Autonomous robots though have a history of their own.
As defined by wikipedia (use link for a more in depth definition) autonomous robots pretty much work on their own without human intervention or commands, and help in many differing forms of usage, for such things like NASA space projects, used as vacuum cleaners, pool cleaners, for use in waste treatment plants. So these cool mechanical beasts are used in many other various important areas of life as well today, and pretty much where ever it befits a robot to perform the more difficult dangerous tasks, rather then that of a human.
Yikes my Sci fi Imagination is running wild, I cant stop thinking A.I.
Imagine the actual I-Robot coming to life some day, now wouldn't that be cool, but if they were to get hostile oh boy there would be some hell to pay for sure, or maybe we can invent the terminator to come and fight out the epic battle for us (laughing out loud).
Funny stuff right, but in all actuality it really isn't, because the true reality is that many robots today are being used both for good reasons, and also some for very bad ones in war like hostile territories, and I guess its all left up to the human behind such machines, whether they be autonomous, artificially intelligent like in the movie A.I., or remotely controlled by human command.
It's our responsibility to make sure that all machines if combined with the human civilian population are keep under absolute control and or regulated as to their effective usage, oh and lets hope none of them fall into the wrong hands neither, because crime could potentially take on a whole new ugly face, just as what occurred with fire arms, and other potentially lethal weapons, tools, or advanced instruments throughout the ages.
On the positive note though these cool autonomous machines can make for some interesting toys for kids as well for the Christmas holiday season, knowing they are constructed to be much safer then say a remote helicopter.
Advantage over Disadvantage
Either way the disadvantages of size and weight of these robots, may not be a bad thing in any way or sense. This is so because they have many applications, such as assisting in many tight confined spaced situations.
They also will be used for movement of small cargo, and things that require repetitive lifting, which can save a great deal of time, and energy of human beings who currently perform a great deal of cargo lifting, and overall movement of certain things.
Imagine having a fleet of these robots to help you move your stuff in your home, that would be the day for sure, when robots like this arrive at our door steps.
Robots that can detect motion using infrared lasers
The robots that Vijay has displayed in his speech on TED are actually, self driven and they can detect the presence of humans, as well as that of their entire surroundings. This poses a great advantage to the owners of such futuristic robots, and helps to enhance their application. They are able to communicate with one another in such a way so that they don't run into each other in flight, and they can maintain a specified closing in distance between one another.
- These autonomous Robot's actually use infrared technology by Microsoft's Kinect to sense motion from that of the environment as well as the Hokuyo Scanner which is a laser that is used to detect motion.
- The info gets interpolated by the robot's to adjust their positional orientation, so to avoid striking any objects, and or human beings while in flight. This actually is one of the key definitive requirements for autonomous robots to perform and function.
Are you amazed yet because I am
This is an amazing breakthrough in this sort of autonomous robotic technology, and it has huge applications for today's new world of technology, and it has some serious real world potential to be applied into daily living.
They can easily team up together to lift objects into the air at specific distances as programmed using a sort of blue print, or taught to figure it out on its own as well, and they can actually lift even heavy objects as a cooperative transportation.
These agile aerial robots can also map out coordinates of any location using infrared scanning, and then reproduce the results onto a computer screen for data collections. So for instance if they were needed to enter a burning or collapsed building that hasn't been identified yet of its internal arrangements.
Once it enters such a structure, it can literally find its way through it, while simultaneously generating a virtual map, that's transmitted back on onto a screen at a remote location, and this can be done autonomously. So the benefits of using such a instrument is unlimited, maybe even some day they can be used to put out fires.
The only disadvantage comes in where they actually weigh very little, and once they lift an object, they lose their degrees of free motion a bit not allowing for them to be agile as they were when moving freely.
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