New frontiers of drone technology
A look at latest in robotic capabilities
- Duration 4:00
- Date Jan 23, 2013
A look at latest in robotic capabilities
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I'm back for the first time in history the US air force.
Is training more pilots to fly drones then -- military planes and while they are best known for their military missions overseas.
Scientists are actually developing a whole new generation -- drones.
They could apparently revolutionize.
Our lives here at home.
No but they gained rare access to some of the people developing the new drone technology.
-- explain how unmanned aircraft like which -- looking at can have some serious advantages over those with pilots on board.
In terms of acrobatics I think it would be hard to beat.
Sort of robot can do.
The neuromuscular system in the human body they may be delays -- June of eighty milliseconds some 200 milliseconds before you actually take.
And action in response to a TC.
-- robots have this unfair advantage they can do these competitions.
Hundreds of times a second.
So -- delays are off the order from the the second and perhaps even less.
-- technology Vijay Kumar he is a robotics expert and a professor.
At the university of Pennsylvania school of engineering and applied science thank you for joining -- Thank you for having me -- have a special makes a point of pointing out that this technology is just in its infancy where is it headed.
That's correct it's just starting.
We're we're doing is creating these robots -- very different from the remotely piloted vehicles that you see.
Would you be about in the press so -- -- autonomous they're small they're highly maneuverable.
And they can navigate indoors and environments like in rich you are and I am right now.
And so that makes -- a very very powerful tool for emergency response for search and rescue and many other applications.
And he said that the holy Grail of this technology is to allow these.
You know to move about without GPS technology.
That's correct so what these robots have our sensors.
That can actually detect features in the environments like doors windows.
And they are able to localize with -- respect to these features so they don't need any satellites telling them where they are.
They have the cameras and the sensors that allow them to figure out where they are in the environments.
And -- about the environment and take actions that remotely located human operators just cannot.
So they can -- -- environment John Kennedy your pilot what do you think about this technology I love and -- -- -- it's fascinating but what about privacy concerns I'm sure there -- a lot of people who are wondering you know is there going to be a drone flying over my house -- my apartment building keeping an -- on you know what I'm having for breakfast.
But that's indeed an important question as it any other technology you can always use it -- and -- it was not intended.
But I have to remind you that today where lots and lots of people itself -- taking pictures.
And the odds are touting a picture of you showing up Internet without your knowing about it are pretty high what's -- we have security cameras there are located all over campuses.
For example the University of Pennsylvania -- and their cameras are gonna track you as you walk.
From one place to another and this is just part of the world we eleven so we have to get used to some of this and other things we have to think about how we might legislate.
How we might how policies that might actually limit the -- this data is used.
And what about the way that this state is currently benefiting.
-- have people like first responders.
Well right now as I as I said before this technology is really -- in a state of infancy.
But I imagine a day where.
The first responders would really be robots imagine a gunshot going off for 911 cause and before you know -- there's a swarm of these robots have cameras and microphones.
That are have been years and -- is on the site providing information to human fist responders.
That eventually do arrive on the spot.
It is amazing stuff to watch thank you so much for joining us and that we appreciated by the way -- you very much for inviting me.
You can catch him his rise of the Johns tonight airs at 9 PM eastern on PBS.