Saturday, 2 April 2011

Quadrocopter Tennis

A company called ETH in Zurich have an ongoing project examining adaptive high-performance maneuvers of quadrocopters. These are not human-piloted. The vehicles are tracked by an overhead motion capture system and controlled by a pair of computers. In this video ETH test area hosted a quadrocopter tennis match, involving a human-robot volley, a doubles match and an impressive robot-to-robot juggling act. The robots were outfitted with tennis rackets, allowing them to fly toward the ball and return a human's serve. I for one welcome our new robot overlords. :-)


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