Ultra-light drone that could pollinate crops, collect weather data and track traffic, flight with flapping wings that mimic nature
- Robotics at Northeastern University of Boston made the new device
- The machine is inspired by the ability of a bat to fold their wings into different shapes
- This gives them more agility than other flying animals that flutter up and down
Drones often resemble helicopters or planes. But now they have been inspired by something that was human-made flying devices long ago – birds, bats and insects.
A new generation of ultra-light drone is designed with flapping wings, as opposed to rigid or rotating propellers.
Alireza Ramezan, a robot from Northeastern University of Boston, invented the UAV after studying nature and hopes it could someday be used to improve modern life by pollinating crops, collecting weather data and tracking traffic.
They can even act as & # 39; guards of future cities & # 39 ;, monitoring elderly people living alone, or by collaborating with the emergency services.
Mimic: the Bat Bot has highly elastic silicone-based membrane wings that are controlled by the number of joints, just like the creature on which it is inspired
& # 39; There will be machines that monitor and provide information 24 hours a day, says Ramezani.
& # 39; We can consider them as the guardians of future cities. & # 39;
Ramezani came up with the idea after studying bats flying. He noted that they can manipulate their wings in different forms for more agility – something that other winged creations cannot do.
This explains why his machine is playfully called the Bat Bot.
With a weight of just 93 grams, it is heavier than the average bat, but it could still fly easily.
& # 39; We have implemented highly stretchable, silicone-based membrane wings that are controlled by the number of wing connections to best match the morphological characteristics of bat flight, & # 39; he added.
Social service: the Bat Bot can even function as & # 39; guards of future cities & # 39 ;, monitoring elderly people living alone, or by cooperating with the emergency services
Inspiration: Ramezani came up with the idea after studying how bats fly. He noted that they can manipulate their wings in different forms for more agility
According to NBC, the new drones are still in the early prototype phase, which means that it will take several years before they are available for personal or commercial use.
However, if they reach the market, they hope that they will be equipped with a range of functions such as GPS, sensors and cameras. There is even room for them to work together, synchronously.
Ramezani & # 39; s work was published in the magazine Science Robotics.
WHAT IS & # 39; DRONE DIVING? & # 39;
Aerones is also the company behind & # 39; drone diving & # 39 ;, a new extreme sport in which someone is lifted into the air by a 28-propeller drone and dropped to be safely parachuted back to Earth.
Preparing for the jump took six months and during that time the team increased the load to 200 kilos and performed a number of tests, including flights with Augstkalns over the Daugava river.
The super-powerful drone measures 34 feet (3.2 m2), has 16 rotors and weighs 154 pounds (70 kilograms).
The incredible video of the & # 39; drone dive & # 39; shows the drone that rises from a body of water and is on its way to a communication tower, which is 120 meters high.
A daredevil demonstrator grabbed a long handle that hung from the drone and lifted it off the platform.
Once the drone was 330 meters high, it released and fell to the ground for about a second before releasing a parachute.
The same drone was used in January to create & # 39; drone-boarding & # 39; by dragging snowboarders over a frozen lake at high speed.
A video shared by the company showed a snowboarder test from the drone at an abandoned airbase.
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