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AirBurr, an autonomous flying robot

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 in robotics by DP

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Autonomous robot navigates using collisions:

Meet the AirBurr, an autonomous flying robot specifically designed for missions in difficult, confined environments under total darkness. Airburr is inspired b the simple navigation strategy that insects use to follow – It follows a path and if it collides, it has an excellent ability to recover.

Check out the video after the break.

In this video the AirBurr navigates a corridor and a narrow doorway towards a light source using the signals from 4 simple photodiodes. This strategy is particularly adapted to following faint signals in unstructured, cluttered environments, such as gas leaks in collapsed industrial plants. The AirBurr is then programmed to explore a small room using a random direction algorithm similar to the one used by most robotic vacuum cleaners. This exploration strategy is useful in situations where other sensors cannot be used. It is demonstrated through a flight in a completely dark room where vision-based navigation isn’t possible, and can also be used in smoke-filled environments where laser scanners have trouble functioning correctly.

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One Response to “AirBurr, an autonomous flying robot”

  1. Alan says:

    I would like to see the position / collision data being sent back to a master PC, where a “map” of the area is located.
    Keeping the smarts at the PC should mean the bug is a simplex broadcaster, reducing complexity of data transfer protocol.

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