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Paris, 26 February 2015

Bio-inspired eye stabilizes robot's flight

Biorobotics researchers at the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement - Etienne-Jules Marey (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université) have developed the first aerial robot able to fly over uneven terrain that is stabilized visually without an accelerometer. Called BeeRotor, it adjusts its speed and avoids obstacles thanks to optic flow sensors inspired by insect vision. It can fly along a tunnel with uneven, moving walls without measuring either speed or altitude. The study was published on 26 February 2015 in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

To dowload the press release:  PR_BeeRotor

A video of the robot in flight:



Credit:  Expert & Ruffier (ISM, CNRS/AMU), 2013.

Bibliography:

Flying over uneven moving terrain based on optic-flow cues without any need for reference frames or accelerometers, Fabien Expert and Franck Ruffier, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 26 February 2015.
DOI : 10.1088/1748-3190/10/2/026003. View web site

Contacts:

Researcher l Fabien Expert l fabien.expert@gmail.com
CNRS Researcher l Franck Ruffier l T + 33 4 91 82 83 66 l franck.ruffier@univ-amu.fr
CNRS Press Officer l Véronique Etienne l T +33 1 44 96 51 37 l veronique.etienne@cnrs-dir.fr


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