Flocking robots take to the sky w video

first_img Researchers Sabine Hauert, Sebverin Leven and Dario Floreano have discovered a way to make small, fixed wing robots take to the sky and fly together without crashing and migrate. In order to accomplish this, the researchers needed to make the robots move at the same speed and direction, avoid collision and stay in close proximity. They will be presenting their work this week in San Francisco at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. (PhysOrg.com) — The next time you look up in the sky and think you are seeing a flock of geese flying south for the winter, take a closer look. If you are in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, these flocks may actually be robots from the Laboratory of Intelligence Systems. More information: lis.epfl.ch/smavs In order to accomplish this, the researchers used a three-dimensional algorithm developed by Craig Reynolds in 1986 where the individual robots responds to its close neighbor but does not consider the actions of the group as a whole.The robots were created by the robotics company senseFly and communicate with each other using a Wi-Fi dongle that is connected to an on-board Linux computer. They began with simple testing and have reached a total of 10 flocking birds at one time but simulations show they could use up to 100 flocking robots.In addition to programming the robots to fly at the same speed, stay close and not collide, the researchers also added something else. They added the ability to migrate. This allows the researchers to set a pre-programmed destination for the swarm to travel to. The intended use for these flocking robots is to image and map the ground as well as the potential to be used for search and surveillance missions. Kilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Flocking robots take to the sky (w/ video) (2011, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-flocking-robots-sky-video.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Check Yourself Before You Buy Exciting Tech You Dont Really Need

first_img Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everybody wants the new shiny thing. But in the world of business, the next hot piece of tech or game-shaking idea may not be what’s best for your company. While some projects can benefit nearly every company, the majority will only aid those who put the legwork into making them truly fit your organizational needs.Related: How Investing in AI is About Investing in People, Not Just TechnologyWhat often makes the difference between a failing company and a growing one is its management — and that means you. That’s not to say that running a successful business means starving yourself of innovative technologies. It’s just crucial that you do your homework, beta test, listen to what your peers are saying, and most importantly, check your intentions for wanting to implement the product or idea. If the answer is that your eyes are bigger than your company’s stomach (and needs), move on. Not every shiny new thing is right for your business, and jumping into something you’re unprepared for is a major risk that rarely pays off.However, there is technology that has proven itself to be useful to most companies — big and burgeoning. Here are some worth considering.Head in the clouds.Data is everything, and there is more of it than ever. We are literally saturating our lives with data. Therefore, I’d venture that every business is using some sort of cloud computing. Whether it’s a small business owner who’s storing information on a free system or a larger company using a more robust system like Salesforce, everyone’s on a cloud.If you’ve got any information that needs storing and accessing, you’ll want to keep it safe. Do your research, and pick the right service for you. Choosing the wrong one can be catastrophic — especially if you don’t want your company to appear incompetent or sloppy to your clients when what you need isn’t at your fingertips.Bring your own device.Freelancers now make up 35 percent of the workforce. In an effort to stay lean, many companies enroll a “bring your own device” (BYOD) system that allows remote, contract and full-time employees to use their personal devices for work purposes. But what businesses save on buying company devices for their staff, they risk in data breaches.Enter mobile device management, or MDM. MDM is typically a security software used by large companies to secure the data of all devices used by the business — whether company-issued or staff-owned. Through on-premise or cloud-based methods, MDM software monitors and manages devices that include smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and desktop computers to secure emails, confidential documents and other assets owned by corporations.Related: 3 Apps to Help You Amplify Your Business and Your LifePart of the reason MDM is one of the most popular technological trends in 2018 is that until recently, the costs for the services were prohibitive for small and medium-sized businesses. Now, with more affordable options for smaller companies, MDM is on the verge of becoming a staple for any business that stores data or uses computers, tablets, and smartphones — which is to say, every business.Artificial productivity?Deep learning is based on the idea that machines can learn, adapt and execute in intelligent ways. But is A.I. good for your company?For businesses like finance or real estate, using machine learning to track trends and identify patterns can be more accurate than someone just crunching numbers. But if you’re a small business owner who owns a diner, a robot cashier may not be as appropriate. On the other hand, a POS (point of sale) system may do the trick for a lot less than a cyborg cashier.Build relationships.Don’t pack your bags and prepare for the coming of the machines just yet. There is still a lot artificial intelligence can’t do. Coming up with big ideas is one, and building authentic relationships with people is another.We’re not just talking about activating sales or getting to know your clients’ need. Don’t forget the people who execute your mission statement. The most important people you should impress aren’t necessarily your clients. Your employees are the ones who take your big ideas and run with them. So, before you run out and buy a machine to fix whatever productivity and sales problems you’re having, do some deep learning of your own. Sometimes, the problems may exist within.Related: 4 Industries That Are Being Disrupted by AITechnology won’t fix what’s wrong.In other words, if you want to scale or transform a failing company, technology can’t fix internal problems. No cloud-based system, machine or gadget can fix bad management, bad hires and bad morale. Covering up failing infrastructure with pretty tech won’t heal what’s underneath. In fact, most sick companies can be fixed with some simple non-tech advances like taking accountability, making time to listen to your employees, offering them ways they can grow within the company and simply caring about who’s working for you in general.Moral of this story? Know your company, inside and out. Before you try to expand or repair a failing business, know what you’re trying to do, and ask yourself what your intentions are for considering using a specific tech in your company. You may want to keep up, but you don’t want to fall down getting there. October 13, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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