For those interested in the theory that goes into the practice, here is an article discussing the limits on [flying] maneuverability in cluttered envrionments. Inspired by abilities of birds, but ‘simple’ enough to soon be available for use in UAVs.
This is last years information, but I ran accros a reference, and do not remember seeing anything about it here. 40 minute video. Would be fun to have one of those PR2 robots to play with!
The talk mentioned being able to use ROS with Arduino, so I looking up this information:
Not enough to be able to build a complete bot running ROS on an Arduino, but enough to make it easy to use Arduino as part of a bigger system using ROS. A much more complete implementation will run on Andriod [in Java].
This 16:47 video includes many clips of quadracopters that have been posted here before, being talked about by a researcher from University of Pennsylvania researcher. The final ‘music video’ clip, I have not seen before.
Thanks to Gina for pointing this Ted Talk out to me.
Now here is a different remote control robot. A simple sphere that can be controlled by bluetooth. Video with link to article.
Now if these had any sort of external sensing [seems to have just internal gyroscope and accelerometer], how about a flock [fleet?] of them to be used as remote sensors for other bots? eyes and fingers. At $129 each though, that would get pricey fast.
These are being taught by one of the Standford professors that taught the machine learning course that I posted last fall, plus a prof from U of Virginia.
CS 101: BUILDING A SEARCH ENGINE
CS 373: PROGRAMMING A ROBOTIC CAR
The robotic car course adds to the previous course, but the previous courses is not a requirement. CS 373 assumes strong programming knowledge, but CS 101 does not need any previous programming background.
Announced but not shipping yet, Ladyada has designed an Arduino-compatible wearable electronic platform.
Here is the sign-up page, for those that want to know immediately when they are actually in stock.
That sign-up page also has a fair about of information about the capabilities and intended usage.