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Drone of the Future - WiFly | InnoUvators Interview

We sit down with WiFly creator Takanobu Watanabe and learn how he got started creating the flapping, flying robot of the future. See how the device has been upgraded into its latest version, and keep an eye on even more improvements in the future.

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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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