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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Multimodal Robotic Drones

From the University of PA Grasp lab, in IEEE Spectrum.    Bimodal, here meaning it can walk or fly.   Applications that make sense?     Bi specialization for specific environments or needs.

" ... Some of the most versatile and adaptable robots also exhibit multimodal characteristics: they can fly and climb, or jump and glide, or even fly and swim. But flying and walking seems to be by far the most useful combination, as evidenced by the variety of animals that can do it, and researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory have designed a new robot called Picobug that can fly, walk, and even (soon) grab on to stuff. ... " 

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