Video: Quadrocopters demonstrate learning algorithms enabling them to master tossing and catching a pole

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The Flying Machine Arena (FMA)  A space where flying robots live and learn

The Flying Machine Arena (FMA) A space where flying robots live and learn

An awe-inspiring (and some might say slightly chilling) glimpse into the future autonomy of machines to adapt and learn.  In this video Dario Brescianini, Markus Hehn, and Raffaello D’Andrea, from Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Controls (Switzerland), demonstrate how one flying robot is able to balance a vertical pole whilst hovering into position to then pull off an acrobatic-like manoeuvre: tossing the pole into the air whilst a second flying robot swoops in, calculating the pole’s optimum intercept position 50 times a second, to catch it.  Perfectly.




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David J Rodger – DATA


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