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The mini flying robot drones that join forces before takeoff - all without human helpBy Niall FirthIt conjures up a rather frightening vision of a future where intelligent robots work in packs without the need for human intervention.
Last updated at 1:49 AM on 10th June 2010
But scientists are developing robots which can 'dock' with each other and fly together in a swarm.
Using infrared beams the drones are able to find each others' location and connect with one another using magnets, completely autonomously.The individual vehicles - or quadrocopters - have fixed propellers that can lift them into the air, but the resulting flight is erratic and uncontrolled.But once they are joined together these relatively simple little robots evolve into a sophisticated multi-propeller system capable of coordinated flight.Each helicopter unit has its own motor, computer, and sensors.As well as a mini-propellor duct system for flying they also have little wheels underneath to let them crawl around the ground and find each other.
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