Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with onboard cameras are increasingly deployed in various applications including surveying, search and rescue, inspection as well as video production. In all these applications, the UAVs move – in many cases autonomously – to capture imagery of sufficient quality of the environment or objects of interest. […]
Playing with toys pays off! We have designed a low-cost research robot based on the Hexbug Spider toy in order to combine the interesting locomotion of the toy with some embedded intelligence. Our modification replaces the robot head with a 3D-printed adapter, consisting of two parts to provide space for […]
When goods are needed urgently, for instance, in rural areas poorly served by transport infrastructure, or in large, heavily congested cities, they could be delivered by drones. In 2013, Amazon was one of the first to declare the intention to work towards the automated delivery of goods by small autonomous […]
Samira Hayat and I attended re:publica 2017 in Berlin. It was an exciting event not least because Samira gave a very personal talk about drones and their application in disaster response.
The essence of my TEDx talk at CERN is that technology isn’t inherently evil, but humans in command of technology must become more human-friendly.
How can multiple mobile robots may be utilized to explore unknown buildings? Torsten Andre and a team of students developed and implemented software packages for the robot operating system for this purpose.