A Low-Energy Alternative to Drones: Sloth-Based Robots #drone #droneday
High marks for being one of the cutest drones. Via Core77:
As everyone from farmers to environmentalists have found, airborne drones are fantastic for monitoring wide swaths of land that are too expansive to cover by foot. But they do consume a fair amount of energy, which reduces their deployment time; the mere act of remaining airborne, even if hovering in place and not traveling at speed, requires a steady flow of juice to keep those rotors going. This can be a problem for some applications, as “Energy efficiency is essential in the environmental monitoring world,” explains Gennaro Notomista, a PhD student in the Robotics and InTelligent Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech, “where processes take place over very long periods of time.”
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