Drones Closely Resembling Butterflies have Amazing Flying Skills
Using a 3-D printer, flying drones in the shape of butterflies have been developed. The eMotionButterflies have impressive flying skills.
Created by German automation company Festo, the drones have been developed so that they can work efficiently in factories of the future by adapting themselves to different production requirements.
An experiment was conducted in which 10 cameras were installed in the area where these drone butterflies were set free. Using infrared markers, positioning data was transmitted to a central computer to coordinate the drone’s flight.
The experiment turned out to be successful and it is considered that such a type of guidance and monitoring system could prove useful in factories. “In association with universities, institutes and development firms, for years now Festo has been developing research platforms whose basic technical principles are derived from nature”, affirmed the company.
Its asset being small power unit, the robot is quite lightweight and its flight closely mimics that of real butterfly. With the new development, Festo has combined the ultra light construction of artificial insects with coordinated flying.
These robots are of the size of a human hand and are equipped with stereo cameras on their heads. They are also fitted with sensors that could feel the floor beneath.
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