Saturday, March 3, 2012

Amazing Advances in Aerial Robotics

Until recently I had not heard about TED.   I was sent a link  about Vijay Kumar and his team at Penn State University that build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams – for construction, surveying disasters and far more. Here is a note from the TED website. Watch the video and see what these amazing robots can do. I am always fascinated by how science fiction is happening now.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

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