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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball


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The quadcopter dodges the basketball.

University of Zurich researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance.

Credit: University of Zurich

Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time to enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance.

A drone generally takes 20 to 40 milliseconds to process images and react, which may not be quick enough to avoid obstacles when flying at high speed; the new system can react in just a few milliseconds.

Said Zurich's Davide Scaramuzza, “Enabling robots to perceive and make decision faster can be a game changer for also for other domains where reliably detecting incoming obstacles plays a crucial role, such as automotive, good delivery, transportation, mining, and remote inspection with robots."

From University of Zurich
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