AI News, Drones sensing by a whisker

Drones sensing by a whisker

Dr. Pauline Pounds said her team wanted to build affordable sensors to help robots work with peripersonal space—the region immediately around but not touching a person.

This allows smaller drones to navigate and stabilize flight through dark, dusty, smoky, cramped spaces, or gusty, turbulent environments without having to mount heavier sensors.

'They are attached to small force-transmitting plates that are glued onto a miniature tripod of pressure sensors, which can then detect tip loads as low as 0.33 milligrams—less than the weight of a flea.'