Posts made in February, 2013

Vijay Kumar – Robots that Fly and Cooperate

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Vijay Kumar – Robots that Fly and Cooperate

Long Beach, California (CNN) – It was after the robotic hummingbird flew around the auditorium — and after a speaker talked about the hypersonic plane that could fly from New York to the West Coast in 11 minutes — that things got really edgy. Vijay Kumar, an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania, showed the more than 1,300 attendees at last week’s TED conference several videos in which fleets of tiny flying robots performed a series of intricate manuevers, working together on tasks without colliding or interfering with each others’ flightworthiness. It seemed that, at least for some in the audience, a bridge had been crossed into a new era of technology, one that could change the way we think about robots and their...

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