Planning and navigation for drone flight | MIT CSAIL
“Advances in research have brought the quadrotor to a level of sophistication that is making it increasingly attractive for a variety of commercial applications like surveying and delivery. In order for these applications to become a reality, we now need algorithms that can deal reliably with environ- ments that are substantially more cluttered than a laboratory setting.” http://groups.csail.mit.edu/robotics-center/public_papers/Landry15b.pdf
John Payne’s insight:
This video demonstrates a key ability for the use of small drones in horticulture. Such a drone might deal with insects and weeds (for example using an underslung laser turret), conduct surveys for nutritional or disease conditions, or even conduct pollination for plant breeding, and that’s just a hint of all the ways it might prove useful.