Skip to comments.Clawed drone grabs prey on the fly just like an eagle
Posted on 03/15/2013 10:56:17 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Video: Watch an eagle-like drone grab objects mid-flight
AS IF being eyes in the sky weren't enough, drones are now getting arms and legs, too. With their newfound limbs they are learning to grab objects in mid-flight or even change a light bulb.
Inspired by the way a bald eagle swoops down to seize a fish from the water with its claws, Justin Thomas and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have developed a fast-acting, talon-like gripper for a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
When the team studied the eagle's behaviour, they noticed that the bird employed a useful trick to buy more time to grab its prey. The eagle would sweep its legs and claws backwards as its talons closed on a fish, so there was no need to slow down.
The team have mimicked the eagle's strategy by attaching a 3D-printed, three-fingered claw to a 10-centimetre-long motorised leg. With the appendage fixed below its centre of mass, the drone can snatch a stationary object as it flies by.
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Hey, nully... Not a 3D printing story, per se, but this contraption’s claw was made with a 3D printer.
How I Learned to Love the Drone.
Lol, I hope they make some big ones to snatch terrorists! Can you imagine the looks on their faces?
7 1/2 shot
A giant claw on the bottom of an OV-22 Osprey?
i read this stuff with mixed feelings, i just see this stuff being used against us.
I want one. Can they also bring decent light bulbs?
A drone grabbed my 48 oz. soda.
Do you own a gun? Are you critical of the current administration? Have you ever spoken out against the government? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then YOU are the terrorist.
Hey, a drone with claws that can grab stuff...what could go wrong?
‘Rats are lame ducks. In fact, their position on guns just might render them extinct ducks. Conservatives are in the ascendancy once again and this technology is more likely to come of age and be used against them than us. It’s just in its infancy now. Have faith. But point taken. If we squander the opportunity again, these things might very well be used against us. The future seems to be ripe with extreme danger at the moment, not only from this technology, but from many others as well. However, there is no turning back. “We” had better get it right this next go round.
hussein sure wouldn’t support this out of his love for America.
Every other week or so you find a “lost dog, reward” sign in my neighborhood. All the dogs are small, all were left in the back yard.
Either someone is snatching them to sell, or something is snatching them for lunch.
My exact thoughts.
I would really like you to be right about this. BUT, 51% of the voters voted for the miserable SOS occupying 1600 pa ave. I'd be willing to bet more of them than not knew what his stance on guns was when they voted for him.
BINGO! We have a winnah; give that man a Cupie Doll.
With a "man" like Obama in the White House who hates America, who hates genuine Americans there is no doubt in my mind that all of these "technological assets" WILL be used against us.
BINGO! We have another winnah; give that man a Cupie Doll.
With a "man" like Obama in the White House who hates America, who hates genuine Americans there is no doubt in my mind that WE are viewed as "terrorists" in the evil mind of Obamessiah and all of these "technological assets" that are being developed WILL be used against US because he deems US THE THREAT!