The Robust Robotics group at MIT is designing a quadrotor able to enter environments--such as buildings after a natural disaster--and create a 3-dimensional image in software. The robot uses a Kinect controller (seen on bottom right) to send out an infrared signal. Based on the reflection, an onboard computer can start to build an image, point by point, of its surroundings. The sensors also allow it to move in a space without colliding into other objects in places where there isn't GPS for guidance.
December 6, 2011 9:38 AM PST
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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