Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Univ. of Pennsylvania Researcher Has Flying Robots That Know How to Cooperate

Vijay Kumar at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at University of Pennsylvania has small autonomous flying robots that can sense each other and form a team to carry out tasks - surveying, searching, construction, and more - all while avoiding obstacles.

Going into reactor buildings and surveying the radiation levels is one of the things Dr. Kumar actually mentions in the video.

Fukushima I Nuke Plant could use a swarm of these tiny helicopter robots.


Atomfritz said...

Very interesting video.
Could indeed be interesting for Tepco, secret services and other organized crime organizations.

However, I fear these robots aren't very radiation safe and cannot be reset without complications like Quince when the microcontrollers hang due to radiation-induced errors. Just calculate in some casualties :-)

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