A Robotic Bird That Actually Flies

A Robotic Bird That Actually Flies

This is a robotic bird that actually flies with foldable wings with flapping capabilities. GRIFFIN ERC Advanced Grant project. A robotic bird flying. Courtesy of the University of Seville. A team of researchers from the University of Seville in Spain created robotic birds that can perform a variety of tasks like typical drones and many more. A robotic bird's flying time is double that of a standard drone's, which is about 20-30 minutes, and its flapping wings assist in conserving battery life. On the other hand, they do not have rotors, which significantly reduce noise. These robots have onboard perception…
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Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Logistics Resupply

Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Logistics Resupply

In collaboration with SURVICE Engineering, Malloy Aeronautics has recently released the ULS-A (Unmanned Logistics System–Air), an autonomous multirotor unmanned drone capable of logistics resupply in emergency situations. This autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle is equipped with sensors that help it to be fully aware of its surroundings. Image credit: SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics Image credit: SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics Watch a short video of this below: More information:https://survice.com/media/news/survice-supports-uls-jctdhttps://www.malloyaeronautics.com/ Thanks for reading this robotics news piece. You can access more categorized news on Robotics and Mechatronics at the link below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/robotics-mechatronics-news/ If you enjoyed this post, please consider contributing to…
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Mid-air Reconfigurable Quadcopter

Mid-air Reconfigurable Quadcopter

The High Performance Robotics Lab at the UC Berkley, funded by the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, and the NSF GRFP, developed a quadcopter that can change its shape mid-flight, operate in four configurations, and has the ability to continue hovering in three of the configurations. Image credit: The High Performance Robotics Lab at the UC Berkley This research can have potential applications in constructions, search and rescue missions, and inspections in dangerous environments. Watch a short video of this below: More information:https://arxiv.org/pdf/2103.16632.pdfhttps://hiperlab.berkeley.edu/ Thanks for reading this robotics news piece. You can access more categorized news on Robotics and Mechatronics…
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Flying Microrobots for Pollination, Rescue, and Navigating Machinery

Flying Microrobots for Pollination, Rescue, and Navigating Machinery

Flying microrobots are diminutive drones developed by a group of researchers from MIT, Harvard, and the City University of Hong Kong. Image credit: MIT These microrobots are powered by soft actuators made of thin rubber cylinders coated in a carbon nanotube, producing an electrostatic force that squeezes and elongates the rubber cylinder when voltage is being applied. They recently proposed a new fabrication technique by removing air bubbles to produce low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that can improve the actuation of these microrobots. Image credit: MIT A swarm of these robots can have possible applications to pollinate a field of crops,…
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Drone Badminton to Improve Physical and Mental Health of the People with Low Vision

Drone Badminton to Improve Physical and Mental Health of the People with Low Vision

Digital Nature Group at the University of Tsukuba in Japan developed "Drone Badminton" that enables people with low vision to play badminton. The drone acts as the "ball," and when passing through a ring frame, the sensor at the frame detects this, and the drone's direction changes back to the opponent. Image credit: Digital Nature Group at the University of Tsukuba This project helps people with low vision regain their mental and physical well-being who otherwise are unable to see the size of the ball and could not react to the speed of the ball in the regular badminton game.…
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COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Using Cargo Drones by Madagascar Flying Labs in Collab with WeRobotics

COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Using Cargo Drones by Madagascar Flying Labs in Collab with WeRobotics

Robotics has shown to be vital during the time of COVID-19 and now with the vaccines available, it continues to serve the population. Madagascar Flying Labs in collaboration with WeRobotics have recently used cargo drones and delivered 250 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to very remote parts of northern Madagascar for the first time. Image credit: Madagascar Flying Labs and WeRobotics Watch a short video of this below: More information: https://werobotics.org/healthrobotics/Twilio.org Thanks for reading this post. You can access more categorized news on Robotics and Mechatronics at the link below: https://www.mecharithm.com/category/robotics-mechatronics-news/ If you enjoyed this post, please…
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A Protective System for Winged Drones Inspired by Beetles

A Protective System for Winged Drones Inspired by Beetles

Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at EPFL, directed by Prof. Dario Floreano, proposed a protective system for winged drones inspired by beetles to help these aerial vehicles protect their delicate structures. Image Credit: Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) This protective system consists of an added set of retractable wings like the ones found in beetles to encase the main folding wings when protection is required. Watch the robot in action in the following video: Read the full paper here:https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9591382 More information:https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lis/ Thanks for reading this post. You can access more categorized news on Robotics and Mechatronics at the link below:…
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A Bi-Rotor Drone from Cleo Robotics for Challenging Environments

A Bi-Rotor Drone from Cleo Robotics for Challenging Environments

Dronut® X1 from the Boston-based startup Cleo Robotics is a bi-rotor drone designed especially for environments where GPS fails to work. Image Credit: Cleo Robotics The main application of this drone is operating in difficult environments where the existing drones have challenges to operate in. Key features: bi-rotor instead of four!high maneuverabilitycan live stream high-definition videocan collect LiDAR data in ultra confined spaces and challenging environmentscan fly safely near people and around sensitive equipmentlittle to no training is needed due to its autonomy suiteit can operate at the max speed of 4 m/s12 mins of flight time40 mins of battery timeSensors…
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Other Explicit Representation for the Orientation in Robotics: Roll-Pitch-Yaw Angles

Other Explicit Representation for the Orientation in Robotics: Roll-Pitch-Yaw Angles

In the previous lesson, we learned about Euler Angles Representation which is one of the ways to explicitly represent an orientation. This lesson will continue with explicit ways to represent the orientation, and we will learn about Roll-Pitch-Yaw Angles. This lesson is part of the series of lessons on foundations necessary to express robot motions. For the full comprehension of the Fundamentals of Robot Motions and the necessary tools to represent the configurations, velocities, and forces causing the motion, please read the following lessons (note that more lessons will be added in the future): https://www.mecharithm.com/category/learning-robotics-mechatronics/fundamentals-of-robotics-course/fundamentals-of-robot-motions/ Also, reading some lessons from the…
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