Flying Humanoid Robot Hovering in Mid-air

Flying Humanoid Robot Hovering in Mid-air

Researchers from the Jet Power and Humanoid Robot Lab at the Guangdong University of Technology developed a humanoid flying robot that can hover stably in mid-air for more than twenty seconds by utilizing position feedback from a motion capture system. Image credit: the Jet Power and Humanoid Robot Lab This research can improve the efficiency of humanoid robots to perform tasks such as crossing obstacles or reaching high places during emergency missions. Key points: The robot has ten joints.Brushless motors and harmonic drives are used to actuate the joints.Design is based on thrust vectoring. Watch a short video of this…
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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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