Category MICRO

A little drone with a Big future

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Mini drones may be kind of fascinating to some of us, but the things are notoriously difficult to keep hovering in one place, plus they’re not known for shooting great video. Chinese startup Ruiven claims to be out to change that, however, with its new Kudrone. The tiny quadcopter shoots at a maximum resolution of 4K, it can pivot 360 degrees to shoot panoramic stills, plus it’s equipped with GPS.

To start a flight, the Kudrone is simply thrown up in the air. It can then be controlled manually via an iOS/Android smartphone app, in which users see a real-time 720p video feed from its onboard camera. Communicating with the phone using Wi-Fi, it has a range of 100 ft (30 m)...

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POLISH SCIENTISTS & this video say This Tiny, Soft Worm-like Robot Was Inspired by A Caterpillar

The adorable robot moves when exposed to light.

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Caterpillar micro-robot sitting on a finger tip.

A new robot created by physicists at the University of Warsaw is significantly more impressive than it looks. The tiny translucent strip of elastic polymer is only a little over a centimeter long, but its capable of moving forward, climbing a slope, squeezing through small cracks, and carrying ten times its weight.

Though other soft robots of this type have been built before, building them at the scale of nature has been difficult. Because of the molecular pattern of its material, known as Liquid Crystalline Elastomers or LCEs, the caterpillar-inspired bot moves when it is exposed to green light and lasers...

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Ingestible Origami Robot Removes Button Battery Stuck to Wall of Simulated Stomach

In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

The new work, which the researchers are presenting this week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, builds on a long sequence of papers on origami robots from the research group of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“It’s really exciting to see our small origami robots doing something with potential ...

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Meet the Dazzling Flying Futuristic Drone Machines


When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.



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Microbots Individually Controlled Using ‘Mini Force Fields’

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This image shows how two microbots can be independently controlled when operating within a group, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines for applications such as advanced manufacturing and biomedical research.

Researchers are using a technology likened to “mini force fields” to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups, an advance aimed at using the tiny machines in areas including manufacturing and medicine.

Until now it was only possible to control groups of microbots to move generally in unison, said David Cappelleri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

“The reason we want independent movement of each robot is so they can do cooperative manipulation tasks,” he said. “Think of ants...

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With no motors inspiration for US military’s new mini-drones

US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.

The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the Cicada, which spends years underground before appearing in great swarms, reproducing and then dropping to the ground dead.

“The idea was why can’t we make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile,” Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laboratory told AFP.

“We will put so many out there, it will be impossible for the enemy to pick them all up.”

The “Cicada”, short for Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, was designed to be smaller, cheaper and simpler than any other robotic aircraft — but still able to carry out a missio...

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This 12 gram Drone Bot Can Drag A 45 Pound Weight you tube video


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Swarms of UAVs fly into the future

LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary. The deployment of UAV swarms will provide Sailors and Marines a decisive tactical advantage.

“The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni.

The LOCUST program includes a tube-based launcher that can send UAVs into the air in rapid succession. The breakthrough technology then utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions.

Since the launcher and the UAVs themselves have a small footprint, the technology enables swarms of compact UAVs to take off from ships, tactical vehicles, aircraft or oth...

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Wrist wearable drone to capture all your favorite moments

Nixie: Prototype Drone Makes it to the Finals of Intel’s Make It Wearable Contest

Wrist wearable drone to capture all your favorite moments

Several interesting projects have emerged in response to the Intel-organized Make It Wearable contest. The contest is seeking to support the evolution of wearables and is divided into two tracks, the VISIONARY track is looking for futuristic ideas, while the DEVELOPMENT track is looking for ideas that are both innovative and realistically feasible. The contest heavily features Intel’s Edison chip and Development track submissions must be based on Intel technologies. Nixie is one of the teams that has made it through to the finals.

Nixie wrist worn camera drone

Nixie is the brainchild of Christoph Kohstall, a researcher in physics based at Stanford University...

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Drones are definitely one of the most fun tech inventions of recent times, but sadly, most have to stay in the loft when the weather is miserable — they’re just too big. In contrast, the SKEYE Nano drone will happily fly around the house when winter bites. Heck, you can fly it without getting out of bed. It’s 1.57” square, but it is a full-fledged quadcopter that can pull some nice tricks, too. Right now, it also has 41% off.

Impressively, for what is a genuinely pocketable drone, the Nano is completely self-stabilizing, using gyros and accelerometers to keep things steady. That means it’s a solid outdoor flyer, and there are three levels of control sensitivity for different conditions and piloting abilities...

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Parrot Rolling Spider MiniDrone

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Parrot’s Rolling Spider with the wheels attached.

A palm-sized quadrocopter which doubles as a remote control car, Parrot’s Rolling Spider might be your perfect geek toy.

The problem with remote control flying toys is that they tend to be either cheap and nasty or prohibitively expensive. At $139.99 Parrot’s Rolling Spider MiniDrone sits nicely in the middle, especially if you’ve been burned by cheap and nasty alternatives and don’t want to throw good money after bad. The catch is that you need an iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8.1 device in order to pilot the Spider.

The Spider’s body is slightly bigger than a box of matches and sits easily in the palm of your hand...

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