Hi! It’s Saturday, March 3, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!
TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
I just had to share this incredible video that is essentially a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.
In this 17-minute video filmed for TED.com (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.
Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.
If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.