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Flapping Flying Robots Open New Needs in the Semiconductor Industry


 

By Takanobu Watanabe, "WiFly2" envisions a future where swarms of flying robots take to the skies with multipoint environment sensing. Equipped with two motors and four wings, "WiFly2" also uses machine learning in altitude adjustment.

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Autonomous Flight Control of a Vertical Take-off and Landing Flapping Flying Robot

2018 Disruptive Challenger, Takanobu Watanabe

The ultimate goal is to have a large number of ultra-small sensor nodes with flying capabilities similar to dragonflies and perform global-scale multipoint environment scanning. The appearance of fully-fledged artificial muscle seems to be a long way off, so we first must use currently available technology: ultra-small motors. The aim is to make several tens of centimeter-sized flapping airplanes driven by gear and crank mechanisms (comparable to flying organisms). The milestone is to achieve motor function and develop autonomous flight technology. Finally, a vertical take-off and landing fluttering machine that can change the aerial altitude from hovering flight to level flight has been created. Therefore, in the INNO-vation program, we will target the autonomous flight of the flapper using machine learning.
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