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New flying drone slips through tight spaces

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A team of researchers at JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo has created a new type of drone called DRAGON, which is shaped like a snake. The team has written a paper describing their robot and recently presented it at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation—they have also posted it on their website.

https://techxplore.com/news/2018-06-dragon-robot-tight-spaces.html

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DRAGON, short for 'Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON,' can transform into multiple shapes including a square and a snake.

There are not many indoor aerial robots due to constraints coming from door frames, as well as various hazards including windows and furniture.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5902555/The-flying-dragon-robot-shapeshift-mid-air-squeeze-tight-spaces.html

 

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pallidin
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Secret facility commander:

"Purge the air in those locations, NOW"

Drone drops to the ground.
 

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Seti42

Aside from looking cool, what's the point? Why not just make it small? Why bother making it more complex than it needs to be?

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Nzo

The Japanese sure make some seriously good tech. A little refinement and robots like these can be used in search and rescue and other applications.

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Ozfactor
2 hours ago, Nzo said:

The Japanese sure make some seriously good tech. A little refinement and robots like these can be used in search and rescue and other applications.

I thought the same. When I watched the video I thought they could have used something like this to search for the soccer team lost in the cave in Thailand 

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TripGun

I see little advantage over a smaller drone with LIDAR

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