【飞行龙机器人:可以在空中“变形”通过狭窄空间】

【飞行龙机器人:可以在空中“变形”通过狭窄空间】据外媒报道,东京的机器人团队研发一款名为DRAGON的机器人。这款机器人可以在室内飞行并在飞行过程中变形,以便在狭窄的空间内挤压通过。其最初的设计是以传统的龙风筝为原型,尾部由一下较小的相互连接的管道风扇推进器模块连接组成。视频中的原型机器人由四个模块组成,但设计人员表示最终版本将有12个互连模块,并希望在未来的研发中将这款机器人转变为“飞行手臂”——通过手指的动作和外部世界进行交互。

Roboticists in Tokyo developed a robot called DRAGON that can fly indoors. It can autonomously transform mid-air

It may sound like something from an episode of Game of Thrones, but Japanese researchers have revealed an indoor robot called DRAGON that can 'shapeshift' in mid air.

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.

DRAGON counters these hazards by having technology that allows it to transform autonomously based on the constraints of space it needs to pass through.

Its design was originally modeled off of traditional dragon kites, where the tail is made up of a series of smaller, interlinked kites.

The tail of this robot is made out of a series of linked modules with ducted fan thrusters, according to IEEE.

Its design was originally modeled off of traditional dragon kites, where the tail is made up of a series of smaller, interlinked kites

They are connected to each other with a powered hinged joint, and the robot is driven by an Intel Euclid and powered by a battery pack for up to three minutes of flight time.

The prototype shown in the video is made up of four modules, but the designers say eventually it will have up to 12 interlinked modules.

The video was released as a teaser for the paper designers presented at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

The prototype shown in the video is made up of four modules, but the designers say eventually it will have up to 12 interlinked modules

Eventually, the researchers hope to transform the robot into a kind of 'flying arm' that can transform into shapes but also interact with the world around it via a 'two-fingered gripper' on both ends.

Fan Shi, a designer of the robot, told IEEE that DRAGON is 'a breakthrough in hardware design which, in a beautiful way, connects a manipulation arm with a ducted fan-driven aerial robot.'

He also said it was an 'an ideal platform for aerial manipulation.'

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


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