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Nano quadrotors demonstrate complex swarm behavior
Geek.com ^ | 1 February 2012 | Matthew Humphries

Posted on 02/02/2012 4:55:44 AM PST by ShadowAce

The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, located at the University of Pennsylvania, is already well known for its work with quadrotors. In the past the quadrotor research team has managed to get a quadrotor flying aggressively, meaning it could land on angled surfaces and maneuver through small windows at high speed. Then the quadrotors were taught to work together to build a tower structure.

A new video posted by the GRASP Lab shows that development of quadrotors isn’t slowing down. Alex Kushleyev, Daniel Mellinger, and Vijay Kumar have advanced the quadrotor’s behavior to the point where they now can carry out some quite complex autonomous swarm behavior.

In the video below, teams of up to 20 nano quadrotors demonstrate movement in multiple formations. First of all we get to see formation flight where each autonomous quadrotor manages to hold their position in the formation perfectly during movement. Formations can also transition between many 3D shapes.

The intelligence of the swarm is such that formation flight can take into consideration obstacles. So, for example, 20 quadrotors flying in a 4 x 5 formation will automatically adjust their positions to travel through a small gap such as a window. Once through the gap they will move back into formation.

The nano quadrotors have been developed by KMel Robotics, but few specifics are known about their make up. The aggressive movement of the quadrotors is impressive, but it’s their ability to work autonomously and as a team that will get most people, and companies, excited.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: robotics
Video at link
1 posted on 02/02/2012 4:55:52 AM PST by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

2 posted on 02/02/2012 4:56:50 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

3 posted on 02/02/2012 4:57:28 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Have you ever wondered if some people watched the movie “Terminator” and thought “Gee wouldn’t it be great to be responsible for Skynet? I bet their IPO was through the roof!”


4 posted on 02/02/2012 5:01:28 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: ShadowAce

It is an amazingly cool video, but what is nano about them?


5 posted on 02/02/2012 5:02:22 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: ShadowAce

Did these guys not read Michael Crichton’s “Prey” ??? ;-)


6 posted on 02/02/2012 5:04:47 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Walkingfeather
They have a ways to go before Crichton's Swarm becomes a reality; however, this is proof of principle.
7 posted on 02/02/2012 5:06:25 AM PST by aruanan
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To: ShadowAce

And Skynet comes one step closer to fruition . . .


8 posted on 02/02/2012 5:06:27 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Walkingfeather

Good question. I don’t know either.


9 posted on 02/02/2012 5:07:07 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Very cool, but they’re “cheating” a bit. The reason why there’s white sheets on the wall and floor is so that a computer can pick out each quadrotor in a camera image. The quadrotors are only responding to commands from the centeral computer. Impressive, but hardly swarm-like.


10 posted on 02/02/2012 5:12:30 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: FreedomPoster

That will never happen as long as humans control the power to create electricity. Without electricity, nothing electronic can “live.”


11 posted on 02/02/2012 5:12:35 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: aruanan
Dang, I looked up Prey and then wrote Swarm!
12 posted on 02/02/2012 5:14:17 AM PST by aruanan
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To: ThunderSleeps
Michael Crichton’s “Prey”

... a gripping story ... and a little too scary.

13 posted on 02/02/2012 5:16:13 AM PST by glennaro
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To: ShadowAce

O. M. G. !!!

I’m speechless beyond saying that anyone with a good imagination will have their heads spinning with the vast possibilities suggested by these videos.


14 posted on 02/02/2012 5:18:27 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: aruanan
LOL, Swarm was about the worst movie ever made.

Michael Caine to a patient crazed by bee stings: "There's no bee here. There's no bee here".

15 posted on 02/02/2012 5:19:21 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: aruanan

I knew what you meant! ;-)


16 posted on 02/02/2012 5:21:16 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: TSgt

It shouldn’t take artificial intelligence very long to figure that one out.


17 posted on 02/02/2012 5:22:43 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: ShadowAce
Ever see the film Minority Report?


18 posted on 02/02/2012 5:28:42 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Delta 21

Maybe the AIs will turn humans into artificial batteries and keep our minds alive with an elaborate construct called the Matrix.

No wait, that’s retarded. Maybe they’ll just dig up some coal.


19 posted on 02/02/2012 5:29:37 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Walkingfeather
It is an amazingly cool video, but what is nano about them?

There is nothing nano about them but calling them nano quadrotators sounds so much cooler than tiny toy helicopters!

20 posted on 02/02/2012 5:32:09 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: ShadowAce
baby skynet.


21 posted on 02/02/2012 5:38:25 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 6SJ7

Could be used to infiltrate a building and deliver shaped charges to vaults, entry points, eliminate personnel, detonate explosives or deliver tear gas. Maybe for surveillance of hostages of elimination of threats in a hostage situation by delivering a taser shot.


22 posted on 02/02/2012 5:49:30 AM PST by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: ShadowAce

Does anyone know contact info about KMel Robotics?

I want to go work for them

this is too cool


23 posted on 02/02/2012 5:50:13 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: TSgt
That will never happen as long as humans control the power to create electricity. Without electricity, nothing electronic can “live.”

You think that machines sophisticated enough to be a threat to us would be unable to operate a power plant, factory, etc? Or compel humans to do so for them?

24 posted on 02/02/2012 5:54:56 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: 6SJ7

Well, that is what I thought.... Sort of like the little red wagons that our grandparents played with in the 30’s. They were called Radio Flyers, because well, radio was the new hot thing.....


25 posted on 02/02/2012 6:24:40 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Mr. K
> Does anyone know contact info about KMel Robotics?

http://kmelrobotics.com/

26 posted on 02/02/2012 6:24:44 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored; Mr. K
Sorry:

http://kmelrobotics.com/

kmelrobotics@gmail.com

27 posted on 02/02/2012 6:28:39 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored; Mr. K
This also:

http://www.k-team.com/custom-robot-services

28 posted on 02/02/2012 6:40:09 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: ShadowAce
Then the quadrotors were taught to work together...

Don't a lot of sci-fi/horror movies start that way?

29 posted on 02/02/2012 7:26:49 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: ShadowAce
Batteries Not Included
30 posted on 02/02/2012 8:06:31 AM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: Durus
Have you ever wondered if some people watched the movie “Terminator” and thought “Gee wouldn’t it be great to be responsible for Skynet? I bet their IPO was through the roof!”

Yes.

31 posted on 02/02/2012 8:14:35 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: ShadowAce

There’s one in every crowd. The middle one in the second column from the left in the top picture is evidently an individualist flying to his own drum.


32 posted on 02/02/2012 9:09:19 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ShadowAce

Shades of Eureka


33 posted on 02/02/2012 10:22:06 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: ShadowAce
So *that's* where Mittbots come from...

Cheers!

34 posted on 02/02/2012 4:56:24 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TSgt

See “The Matrix”.


35 posted on 02/02/2012 10:15:11 PM PST by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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