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Watch this omnicopter fetch a ball

We have developed a computationally efficient trajectory generator for six degrees-of-freedom multirotor vehicles, i.e. vehicles that can independently control their position and attitude. The traject...
17 May 2017, by

Fotokite Phi GoPro-carrying quadcopter: Friendly, compact, light and affordable

Zurich-based robotics company Perspective Robotics this week unveils Fotokite Phi, their first consumer targeted, affordable, accessible, tethered flying camera. The Fotokite Phi is available now for ...
19 August 2015, by

‘Tailsitter’ flying robot hovers and recovers easily thanks to new algorithm

In August 2014 Google [x] announced that they had been secretly developing a drone delivery program to rival Amazon's Prime Air. Called Project Wing, the system was based on a mechanically simple "t...
04 June 2015, by

A self-deploying, foldable quadrotor for rapid rescue

The use of robots to find victims after natural disasters is fast becoming commonplace, with well documented cases where robots have been sent into areas too dangerous for rescue workers.  While the ...
18 May 2015, by

Multiple tethered quadrotors performing high-g, high-speed formation maneuvers 

This video shows tethered quadrocopters flying steadily together at high speeds exceeding 50 km/h in a confined space. With the tether exerting more than 13 gs of centripetal force, multiple quadro...
05 May 2015, by

Parrot grows both consumer and commercial drone business

Previously known for consumer products for smartphones, tablets and cars, Paris-based Parrot recently branched into both the consumer and commercial drone businesses....
10 April 2015, by


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Quadrotor automatically recovers from failure or aggressive launch, without GPS

When a drone flies close to a building, it can temporarily lose its GPS signal and position information, possibly leading to a crash. To ensure safety, a fall-back system is needed to help the quadro...

Quadrocopter failsafe algorithm: Recovery after propeller loss

UPDATE 04/03/2014: In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, ...
04 March 2014, by

Three new quadrotor videos demonstrate agile control and the power of machine learning

Quadrocopters assembling tensile structures in the ETH Flying Machine Arena. Photo credit: Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication and the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH...
18 November 2013, by

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Handling feedback

This is the third tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series. In this tutorial we will: Learn about the AR.Drone's state feedback (and how it is handled by ROS) Learn a...
01 July 2013, by

Timelapse: Building an arena for flying robots | TED Blog

Our photographer Duncan Davidson loves to shoot time-lapses; before every TED, you can find him behind the scenes hiding cameras to snap away for hours and days. In his latest piece, he tracks the c...
12 June 2013, by

Live at TED Global 2013: Tweets, photos and video for quadrotor fans

Raffaello D'Andrea demos his quadrotor "athletes" at TED Global 2013. Update with the full video below Check out live tweets, amazing photos, TED blog posts and awesome video coverage of the session...
11 June 2013, by

Behind the scenes at TED Global: Raffaello D’Andrea and team demo amazing quadrotor “athletes”

With reporting and photos by Dario Brescianini and Mark Mueller and timelapse video by  James Duncan Davidson. Raffaello D'Andrea juggles quadrotors at TED Global 2013. A quadrocopter swoops th...
11 June 2013, by and

How about we *not* make killer robots: Daniel Suarez at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

Technology thriller author, most recently of the book Kill Decision, Daniel Suarez has been thinking about drones for some time. But as he says, as he stands onstage at TEDGlobal 2013, he’s not h...
11 June 2013, by

Athletic machines: Raffaello D’Andrea at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

“Athletic” is a term we use to describe human beings. But could it also be used to describe a machine? In a demo recorded yesterday in his robot lab at TEDGlobal 2013, systems engineer Raffaell...
11 June 2013, by

Those Flying Things: The speakers in Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

When it comes to drones, a lot of ideas float in the ether. Technologists see potential for flying machines to help us in all sorts of unexpected ways, governments take measures that seem hard and fix...
11 June 2013, by

A conversation with Henri Seydoux

A growing business within Parrot S.A., (PARRO:EUROLIST B) is their AR.Drone line of products, parts and software. Their first quadcopter product was developed internally by (1) observing the $1 billio...
03 May 2013, by

Parrot AR.Drone app harnesses crowd power to fast-track vision learning in robotic spacecraft

Astrodrone is both a simulation game app for the Parrot AR.Drone and a scientific crowd-sourcing experiment that aims to improve landing, obstacle avoidance and docking capabilities in autonomous spac...
26 March 2013, by

Quadcopters advertising new Star Trek movie

A squadron of 30 LED-studded Ascending Technologies quadcopters hovered above Potters Fields Park near London’s Tower Bridge and, in conjunction with Earth Hour, formed a three-dimensional Star Trek...
24 March 2013, by

Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have now combined the t...
21 February 2013, by

Surrounded by his quadrocopter drones on stage, Raffaello D’Andrea explains feedback control and talks about the coming Machine Revolution

During the 20 minute presentation, Raffaello D'Andrea revealed some of the key concepts behind his group's impressive demonstrations of quadrocopters juggling, throwing and catching balls, dancing, an...
04 February 2013, by

AlwaysInnovating’s MeCam mini video copter available for licensing

While not yet a shipping product, AlwaysInnovating's MeCam appears to be close to being so. Operating under voice command, the MeCam can be set in a mode where it keeps its camera focused on you an...
01 February 2013, by

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Joystick control

This is the second tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series. In this tutorial we will: Talk about the ROS communication hierarchy Setup a joystick to work with ROS ...
04 January 2013, by

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Getting started

Updated December 17th. In this tutorial (#1) we will: Install ROS, the AR.Drone driver and AR.Drone keyboard controller Fly the AR.Drone using the provided keyboard controller...
10 December 2012, by

Video: Quadrocopter learns from its mistakes, perfects air racing

Manual programming of robots only gets you so far. And, as you can see in the video, for quadrocopters that's not very far at all (see the "Without Learning" part starting at 1:30):...
08 November 2012, by

Fly and film in HD

... Parrot (PARRO on the Euronext Paris exchange), a French company famous for its audio and wireless devices for phones and cars, unveiled their first AR.Drone at CES in 2010 to huge crowds (I was th...
31 October 2012, by

eBee first product from Parrot/senseFly investment

  In July, the Parrot Group partnered with senseFly, a Swiss start-up and spin-off from the Swiss EPFL, and invested $5.3 million to help senseFly grow. Their initial plan was to develop a hig...
10 October 2012, by

Stephen Wolfram blog: Kids, arduinos and quadricopters

Presentation at Maker Faire by Christopher Wolfram shows off Mathematica with a potentiometer hooked up on the Arduino board and by flying a quadricopter drone in one line of code. See on blog.stephe...
04 October 2012, by

IEEE Robotics journal compares open source FCs | DIY Drones

Doug Weibel writes: I just got the most recent issue of IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, which has a theme of quadcopters as robotics research platforms.…... See on diydrones.com...
30 September 2012, by

Video: Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyGJBV1xnJI   My colleagues at the ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have just released a new video. Here is what Robin Ritz, Lead Researcher on the project, has ...
27 September 2012, by







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