Laser Focus World - Robots Need Vision

A structured light sensor can guide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) around complex urban environments, says Helen Greiner of CyPhy Works (Danvers, MA). CyPhy has developed a lightweight laser scanner that can make 10,000 readings/s and draws only 2 W for use in an 11 lb UAV carrying a 3 lb payload. Controlled by a pair of wires running through a microfilament, the system was designed for inspecting buildings and other areas where GPS us unavailable for navigation during urban combat operations.

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