Flying Robots Cooperate, Throw and Catch Balls


New video from ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, you can read more on Robohub

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Comment by Francisc Bereczky on September 28, 2012 at 12:58am

Those guys really know something about PID tuning...and a few other things. 

Comment by Marooned on September 28, 2012 at 3:17am

Yeah, the stability of those quads are amazing.

Comment by Francisc Bereczky on September 28, 2012 at 3:47am

I wonder what kind of IMU an contoller can do that. Also interesting the small dimension of the quads. That means also a very small flight controller. 

Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on September 28, 2012 at 6:00am

Very neat video. 

Francisc: FMA has their own custom controllers. A closeup from their website shows the controller. 

Comment by Kabir on September 28, 2012 at 6:25am

WoW! The quads are sooooooooooooooooooooooooo stable, its amazing!

Comment by Cody O. on September 28, 2012 at 7:45am

These guys are "cheating" just a little.  This setup uses high-speed cameras mounted to the building to track the movement of the quads.  If you took those quads outside they'd be useless.

Comment by Maxime Carrier on September 28, 2012 at 8:46am

Pretty sure they model prediction algorithm.

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on September 28, 2012 at 9:58am

Some scientists playing around in an artificial world to justify their payment. Good news: There is a real world outside your lab! Go there and do the same thing without cameras in every tree, with sunstorms disturbing your mag, GPS etc with limited visibility etc - that would impress me. This simply sucks completely.

Comment by Marooned on September 28, 2012 at 10:01am

Crashpilot: I must disagree. With your thinking we would be still in stone age. Most inventions had its beginnings in labs under certain conditions. Then after proper analysis scientists could lower restrictions on conditions and eventually the idea became a real world stuff.

Comment by aukios on September 28, 2012 at 10:38am

Looks like they are using Vicon motion cap cameras you can see them at the ceiling. I wouldn't be surprised if there were 16 or more of them judging by the spacing. Clean looking algorithms but yes not practical for outdoor use, just a tad on the costly side. 



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