Hummingbird-Inspired Drone Hovers and Turns

Hummingbird-Inspired Drone Hovers and Turns
A hummingbird-inspired drone able to hover and made quick turns in mid-air can travel deftly through rubble and crowded areas.

Developed by a team from Purdue University, the robotic hummingbird was trained via machine learning algorithms based on natural bird flying techniques to make the same impressive, in-flight maneuvers as the actual birds. The bot can develop a map of its surroundings as it touches various surfaces, eliminating the need for a camera, and its ability to fly silently and withstand turbulence as well as navigate tight, cramped areas could have important applications in search and rescue and surveillance missions.

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