Monday, November 10, 2008

Robot Helicopter Dodges Obstacles At 40 KPH, 5 Meters Above The Ground (New Scientist via Gizmodo)

The geniuses at Carnegie Mellon have done it again. Previously known for creating autonomous vehicles capable of winning DARPA's land challenge, they have now gone one better -- Helicopters capable of doing much the same thing.

This helicopter uses a two-pronged strategy for achieving high speeds at low altitudes in autonomous operations. Check out the video below and the full article at the New Scientist or some gee-whiz commentary at Gizmodo.