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A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors
Youtube ^ | 1/31/2012

Posted on 02/04/2012 9:49:45 AM PST by Sprite518

Something tells me that the University of Pennsylvania is not in the toy business. Got to see this!


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: drones; pennsylvania; robots; skynet
Looks like Skynet from the movie The Terminator or from The Matrix.
1 posted on 02/04/2012 9:49:48 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQIMGV5vtd4

Part II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqip_0Vjec

Part III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-dkonAXOlQ


2 posted on 02/04/2012 9:50:52 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
Saw that yesterday. Vy kewl.

That said, they are a little freaky. Can you imagine those things weaponized?

3 posted on 02/04/2012 9:58:10 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

You nailed it on the head! That’s exactly where these Smart Drones are going!

Looks like the military is going full Drones. I guess they are a lot cheaper than people. The only Civilian application I can see these things are as cops. It’s crazy to think about?


4 posted on 02/04/2012 10:01:44 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: RoosterRedux

I’m having a tough time deciding which is more fascinating.

Mini quadrotors flying in formation, or a virtual cyber babe warning us about quadrotors flying in formation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF5LqKj6MMU

Gotta say she’s way hotter than Max Headroom. :D


5 posted on 02/04/2012 10:05:09 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: Sprite518

This gets a lot wilder in a hurry.

While conventional formations like this are relatively easy to imagine, the goal of this is what is called “swarm technology”, which covers a heck of a lot of concepts.

1) Imagine hundreds of such devices flying in concert, yet avoiding collisions with each other and objects. They have a very complex formation, like a swarm of bees.

2) As a group they have one or more missions to accomplish, say with each of them carrying a small amount of high explosives, with each of dozens of targets getting a maximum of three collision explosions.

3) For a harder target, say an armored door or lid, 2 or three dozen may land and stick to it while others land. Then they detonate simultaneously.

4) Once outside of radio control, say in a cave or building, they become autonomous, with a seek out and destroy mission.

A lot of potential, here.


6 posted on 02/04/2012 10:09:52 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Sprite518

The flying car at last ?


7 posted on 02/04/2012 10:10:07 AM PST by buwaya
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Bingo!

This is probably our future military. I don’t know say 20 years from now.


8 posted on 02/04/2012 10:13:59 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Spunky

Ping for later viewing.


9 posted on 02/04/2012 10:14:53 AM PST by Spunky ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: buwaya

Perhaps the microchips in these things might be used for future Smart cars?


10 posted on 02/04/2012 10:15:55 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Spunky

Each video is less than 2 minutes.


11 posted on 02/04/2012 10:16:52 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Yep. She’s hot! I could handle being locked in an underground bunker with her.


12 posted on 02/04/2012 10:19:47 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: Sprite518
Did you see this one...Construction with Quadrotor Teams
13 posted on 02/04/2012 10:23:50 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

I’m thinking maybe she’s more fascinating.

An almost perfect smile and squint after she says “conquer the world...”.

Someone’s done some pretty remarkable programming there. Seems the programmer has the capability for custom coding words and expressions quickly, to have already posted the Youtube response via the application with the virtual woman presenting concerns to us, based on the quadrotor video which is new.

Hat tip to the programmer. Impressive.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 10:31:31 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: Sprite518

Very impressive.

Imagine a flight of unmanned attack helicopters!


15 posted on 02/04/2012 10:38:09 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Sprite518

20 years? Who says it isn’t here now?


16 posted on 02/04/2012 10:38:37 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: Sprite518

Theories as to how this is done?

Note the very bright lights on the video. Most digital cameras are sensitive to IR light, and those emitters are there for a reason. While the quadrotors obviously have an IMU onboard, low-cost IMUs have so much drift they could not hold precision for more than a few seconds, and there is no precision GPS inside buildings like this. My guess is the craft are all controlled within a virtual reality space that is created by video cameras lining the walls. In other words, a very cool demo but not something you can scale up to work outdoors, etc, without bringing in a new form of spacial location technology.


17 posted on 02/04/2012 10:53:23 AM PST by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Found this article that partially confirms my theory and shows what’s next:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/quadrotor-formation-flying-gets-aggressive

Future experiments will replace the “indoor motion capture systems” with an on-board GPS with onboard GPS having 10-20cm accuracy and develop compensation for wind, RF interference etc. Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve seen!


18 posted on 02/04/2012 11:04:56 AM PST by bigbob
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To: buwaya

This might be one of my most favorite Onion videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4eEVhoohtI


19 posted on 02/04/2012 11:18:00 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

There was a movie like this a few years ago.


20 posted on 02/04/2012 11:18:16 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: RoosterRedux

No I did not and thanks! The applications for this technology is huge!


21 posted on 02/04/2012 11:27:57 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: RoosterRedux
Waaay cool, but at the same time chilling in a "Terminator-Skynet" sort of way. Life imitating art?

Perhaps these could these be used to imtimidate and disperse OWS protestors ? Maybe they could be programmed to fly over and form the words, "Get a Job!"

22 posted on 02/04/2012 11:28:49 AM PST by BRK
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To: GeronL

That’s it’s exactly what they are thinking.

As we keep adding more Drones to our military I’ve heard people will slowly fade away. Eventually (Say 50 years from now) it will be the robots repairing the robots with very few people in the military.

This is all good as long as it not used against us.


23 posted on 02/04/2012 11:31:15 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: goseminoles

Oh it’s here, but I’m talking about a military that is primary robots with smart chips.


24 posted on 02/04/2012 11:32:09 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: RoosterRedux

Did you see this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxjVlaLBmk

or this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww


25 posted on 02/04/2012 11:37:37 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Perfect for biowarfare agent dispersal, especially to target small groups.


26 posted on 02/04/2012 11:41:10 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: bigbob

“My guess is the craft are all controlled within a virtual reality space that is created by video cameras lining the walls. “

I think you are 100% correct. There were several cameras lining those walls. I suspect they are tracking each drone using techniques not unlike the Playstation Move. Each drone probably has a different color LED on it for tracking purposes. Either that or they’re using stereo cameras and disparity maps.

To scale it up for outdoor use, you’d have to replace the optical tracking with something like GPS. That would add to power requirements and sacrifice only a bit of precision.

None of my statements intended to belittle they’re accomplishment. I can’t stop watching this video! I’m downright amazed :-)!!!! I’d love to make something like this into a real-life Space Invaders game :-)!


27 posted on 02/04/2012 11:43:12 AM PST by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Sprite518

Three human shaped RC planes were flown around New York City 1/30/12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcDN409ZBv4


28 posted on 02/04/2012 12:29:08 PM PST by Selene
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Even the slightest breeze would cause major crackups.


29 posted on 02/04/2012 1:02:57 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

Its all a matter of power, as with any model aircraft.
Give the thing enough power and it should be able to handle whatever weather it needs to. These things can surely be scaled up.

The software can be made to maintain stability in a breeze.


30 posted on 02/04/2012 2:19:25 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Kirkwood

Well they are adjusting for that issue too in the link below.

Keep in mind these are prototypes/Blue Prints/Foundation of smart drones.

Here is the link that addresses that,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqip_0Vjec


31 posted on 02/04/2012 2:40:11 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
The only Civilian application I can see these things are as cops.

How about package delivery?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g56wwlp4p7s

32 posted on 02/04/2012 2:40:41 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Selene

That is interesting thanks!


33 posted on 02/04/2012 2:41:02 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: martin_fierro; Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...

Thanks Sprite518.
DARPA-Funded Hacker's Tiny $50 Spy Computer Hides In Offices, Drops From Drones

iPhone/iPad Remote Controlled Helicopter

34 posted on 02/04/2012 3:07:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: cynwoody

LOL Thanks!


35 posted on 02/04/2012 3:33:37 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks but the helicopter does not have a smart chip in it or can’t go flips.


36 posted on 02/04/2012 3:35:52 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Kirkwood

That is a major consideration. You’ll note in the video that the quadrator did flips, yet did not lose its stability and was able to maintain its relative position.


37 posted on 02/04/2012 4:01:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: RoosterRedux

Check this older video out. It’s from 2 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxjVlaLBmk


38 posted on 02/04/2012 4:42:26 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

So far...

The top secret submarine detector on US naval surface vessels was later sold in the consumer market as a “Fish Finder”.


39 posted on 02/04/2012 4:48:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess someone with the knowledge wanted to make some money off of it? Unbelievable!


40 posted on 02/04/2012 5:12:26 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

It’s shocking.


41 posted on 02/04/2012 5:16:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: buwaya

“These things can surely be scaled up.”

They are NANO. Meant to be small. I fly these small quads and helicopters and they are tossed around by any wind because they weight next to nothing. It is one thing to fly solo in the wind, but in formation they would wipe each other out.


42 posted on 02/04/2012 11:07:49 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

The point I see here isn’t necessarily that they can be programmed to fly in formation; it is that this is the degree of control and maneuverability that the software can provide.

A scaled-up system, bigger, heavier, and sufficiently powerful could surely be made to fly outdoors in any weather, able to follow a waypoint path perhaps, for surveillance, guarding, or even as an offensive weapon system. It seems to me that they could be effective even in built-up areas, with the addition of some way to detect obstacles they could semi-autonomously avoid them.


43 posted on 02/04/2012 11:23:55 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Sprite518
Just got a chance to watch the "high speed robotic hand" video. Great stuff. I had seen some parts before (like the dribbling), but much was new.

We are truly on the cusp (hopefully not a precipice) of a brave new world.

44 posted on 02/05/2012 11:24:38 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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