Scientists at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a
Distributed Flight Array that consists of individual bots that fly together in a
swarm. The drones have infrared beams to find each other and then connect
with magnets. While each quadrocopter is somewhat clumsy alone, when
they dock they become a "sophisticated multi-propeller system." Even if one
fails, the others can still function and, if attacked, can detach and later
SEND IN THE BOTS
During the recent two-day standoff in Sacramento, between police and an armed 25-
year old man accused of robbing three banks and firing at a police officer, a robot was
sent in to peek in through a window after attempts to force the suspect out with
firehoses failed. Alavarez shot at the bot. It looks like the bot was okay as it was recently
BANDIT HAS A VISION
Bandit was created to assist autistic children when family members may
have problems in communication. Designed by researchers at the University of
Southern California, the bot has camera eyes and has been programmed to
make simplified facial expressions and movements. The hope is that he will help
the kids become more socially active.
This is Romeo — the
latest entry into the service
bot category for assisting
the disabled and the aged.
Only a concept at this
point, the 10 million Euro
project will be able to do
simple chores and interact
with speech and gestures.
Aldebaran Robotics should
have a prototype by the
end of the year and the real
thing by 2011.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
SpaceJustin was designed to head into the
final frontier and assist his human counterparts.
The musical bot made his debut at the recent
International Aerospace Show in Germany and
did a bit of break dancing via telepresence. His
other moves will include repairing and
upgrading satellites. Wonder if he’ll create his
own dance channel ...
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