Researchers in the Aerial Robotics Lab of Imperial College London in the U.K. are working on a method to increase the efficiency of setting up sensor networks by using a drone as a launching platform for laser-aimed, sensor-equipped darts.
In indoor tests using magnets, researchers found the darts, fired from a spring-loaded launcher, hit its target and stuck 90% to 100% of the time ,at a distance of 1 to 4 meters away.
The drone was controlled manually in its initial outdoor tests, which also were successful, but the researchers plan to add vision state estimation and positioning, and a depth sensor to allow for autonomous drone flights.
From IEEE Spectrum
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