New aged robots are wonderful, fascinating, and terrifying creatures. Our timeline has developed complex AI robots making brand new art (opens in new tab) alongside intimidating bots made for more physically robust actions, like dancing (opens in new tab).
The dog style robots like Spot, popularised by Boston Dynamics have become an increasingly common build for traversal. Their four legged sturdiness combined with learning AIs and other tools has proven to make for very useful little mechanical beasties that are even helping to protect the ancient city of Pompeii (opens in new tab).
The next logical step in the terrifying evolution of our soon to be robotic overlords is adding a deployable flying robot to your walking robot. According to Tech Explore (opens in new tab), one such robot-in-a-robot was built by researchers to tackle navigating underground environments. Yo dawg, Xzibit would be proud.
The combination bot that won the competition was built by team Cerberus (opens in new tab) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (opens in new tab) and ETH Zürich’s Robot Systems Lab (opens in new tab) as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency competition for subterranean exploration. The aim was to use both robots in tandem to assist each other with better navigation. As development continues, extra features like having the dog portion charge the flying robot for extended missions are also envisioned.
“Our idea comes from a very simple concept: the complementarity of walking and flying robots,” one of the researchers, Paolo De Petris explained. “We believe that in underground, perceptually degraded environments, the collaboration between a walking robot like ANYmal, which has awesome long operation time, high payload capability, communication to a ground station extension capability etc. but limited to ground operations, and a flying robot like RMF-Owl, results overall in a very efficient and logic exploration mission.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a flying and walking robot combination. This year at the International Robot Exhibition we got a look at this rideable horse styled robot (opens in new tab) that can have drones land and take off from its back. Still with flying drones getting much stronger, (opens in new tab) the potential for deployable drones from an autonomous unit is just a little terrifying. You can even get a look at team Cerberus’ open source docs if you’re curious (opens in new tab), but please, everyone, just be nice to the robots.
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