For all tech geeks this might be a big news since Mini Quadcopters are no more a fiction gadget! Yes thats right, those little tiny flying machines which you might have seen in computer games are now reality. Meet the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter that has the potential to help jump-start the era of personal drones at the micro scale. This tiny machine is built by Swedish developers and it is almost the size of your palm. Now the cool thing about this mini Quadcopter is its insect like agility that provides stunning maneuverability to the flyer. Moreover, this robot can also be controlled by PS3 controller.
The developers have showed us various ways to upgrade these machines. We can mount a camera over it, we can introduce LED lights to it and we can also enjoy wireless charging. The only limitation that these mini Quadcopters have is their short flying time which is about seven minutes. However, the possibilities are endless. These mini flyers are available in two configurations for $150 and $175. See the video below to watch it in action.
Technological innovation seems endless; we have taken steps towards the future where we will see things that a few years back, we could not have even imagined. Talking about the Quadcopters, these little flying robots can do almost anything you can imagine; from construction to cargo lifting, they can do anything. These little robots can even be used in the battlefield to monitor areas for bio-chemical and other signatures.
Here is a TED video where Vijay Kumar tells us about the build assembly and the movements of Quadcopters:
People are eager to learn more and more about these Quadcopters as they are fast, light weight and can move in almost every pattern conceivable.
Recently, a Swiss architecture firm Gramazio & Kohler, and Italian robot designer Raffaello D’Andrea, utilized these robots in some wonderful architectural construction. FRAC Centre in Orléans, France, hosted the first ever self-constructing exhibit in which a team of Quadcopters was synchronized together w.r.t. their movements and objective. In this exhibit, these little flying robots built a 6 meter high tower; 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules were put together to achieve this feat. Each and every block of this structure was intelligently carried by the robots and the final outcome of the structure was simply stunning.
A couple of days ago, residents of Linz, Austria, saw some dancing lights in the sky in the form of 50 synchronized quad-copters. The show was called “The Cloud In The Web” and was performed by 50 AscTec Hummingbird quad-copters, all communicating via radio. The team which was controlling these ‘lights’ was formed of Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH.
The show established record for the most number of flying quad-copters at one time; 50 to be exact. The synchronized machines put some decent light-show in sky and amused people by making different shapes and changing their colors. Even the high winds couldn’t affect quad-copters’ movements which was truly remarkable.