An interesting example of mobile surveillance system. Would there be the possibility to introduce collaboration among the robots?
Bio-inspired morphing-wing micro aerial vehicle
“Aerospace engineering students at TU Delft, together with the Department of Experimental Zoology of Wageningen University designed the RoboSwift. RoboSwift is a micro airplane fitted with movable wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature’s most efficient flyers. The micro airplane will have unprecedented wing characteristics; the wing geometry as well as the wing surface area can be adjusted continuously. This makes RoboSwift more maneuverable and efficient. Resembling the common swift, RoboSwift will be able to go undetected while using its three micro cameras to perform surveillance on vehicles and people on the ground. Furthermore, it can be employed to observe swifts in flight, thus enabling new biological research.”
More details here.
The UltraSwarm project (another intersting project is from the University of Sussex) is another example of a possible application in which mobile collaborative computation can take place among robots (helicopters).
“This study will investigate methods for achieving useful and controlled flocking in a swarm of small co-axial rotor helicopters by developing an accurate model of the vehicles and their aerodynamic interactions, and using this in simulation to optimise flocking performance before real-world testing.
The project combines two key ideas:
* Using biologically inspired rules of group behaviour (flocking) to enable a group of UAVs to control its own motion
* Wirelessly networking the swarm members together to form a single powerful computing resource
The term flocking, derived from flocks of birds, refers to the coordinated movement of a group of individuals such that they move with approximately the same velocity and inter-agent distance.”
More details here.