[...] inside the cockpit, in the right seat, a robot with spindly metal tubes and rods for arms and legs and a claw hand grasping the throttle, was doing the flying.
The demonstration was part of a government and industry collaboration that is attempting to replace the second human pilot in two-person flight crews with robot co-pilots that never tire, get bored, feel stressed out or become distracted.
Inspired by the aerial hunting techniques of birds of prey, students at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab have developed a quadrotor robot that uses a claw to grab a stationary object in a high speed swooping maneuver. The qu...
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Sometimes I don’t know what’s worse: robots with a face, or robots without one. Especially when it’s crawling towards you crying “Ma-ma!” as it rises up to standing height on its spindly metallic legs. Researchers at Japan’s Hosoda ...