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erco
08-16-2011, 12:02 AM
Too good to limit in the Robotics forum: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20791-robot-mission-impossible-wins-video-prize.html

Very creative video showing the potential of swarm technology with flying robots, ground robots & climbing robots locating and retrieving a book.

The "Hand Bot" steals the show at 2:00 into the video, firing a cable into the ceiling and hoisting itself up by climbing, grabbing a book off the shelf, lowering itself down, and retrieving the cable. Bravo!

Ron Czapala
08-16-2011, 01:12 AM
That is pretty impressive - I wonder how much time and money went into that?!?!

Martin_H
08-16-2011, 03:01 AM
Speaking as someone who struggles to get robots to do simple navigation, simple machine vision, and simple grasping. That is insanely amazing.

Loopy Byteloose
08-17-2011, 04:23 PM
There certainly is a lot going on that isn't your average robot project. I love the fact that the flying platform not only is able to fly indoors, but has the means to latch on to an overhead crevice and remain perched there - apparently with video locked on the goal.

And having all the robots providing colored lighting to indicate their roles in the swarm is brilliant.

SRLM
08-18-2011, 02:59 AM
It was shot and narrated like a nature video. Just think: in a few years non-technical people will be just as happy watching a robot in the "wild" as it hunts...

I wish they had shown several tasks being done in parallel...

Humanoido
08-18-2011, 11:00 AM
I see lots of Propeller applications here, especially for air swarming and mission control. We're considering a top mount airport for heli missions with the Big Brain as the first step.

http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?124495-Fill-the-Big-Brain&p=1028066&viewfull=1#post1028066

Heater.
08-18-2011, 11:29 AM
This "footbot-handbot-entity" suspects that a lot of that is staged and not as smart as it looks. also I can't see it working well in anything but perfect conditions just yet.
That's not to say there is not a lot of interesting stuff going on there. Just the mesh wireless between bots and any kind of cooperation between them for starters.

Humanoido
08-18-2011, 11:56 AM
That's not to say there is not a lot of interesting stuff going on there. Just the mesh wireless between bots and any kind of cooperation between them for starters.

Not only the cooperation is crucial but the air devices must carry their own battery fuel, flight mechanics, wireless transmitter, wireless receiver, and processor with sensors (and probably a camera for imaging analysis). One area looked at is having a ground based brain that can monitor x number of aerial devices and transmit mesh instructions. This may raise a new set of challenges..

RDL2004
08-18-2011, 01:18 PM
I didn't find any info as to why they use a "Treel Mobility System" (combination of wheels and treads), but I did like the wheels.