Insects or Helicopters?
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The Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETHZ, Zürich will present two prototypes: one with a 3.2 m wingspan and a weight of 2.6 kg that was successfully tested during an autonomous solar-powered flight lasting 5 hours; the other one is an autonomous helicopter that has been miniaturized so that it can fly and self-navigate in cluttered environments.
The Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at EPFL, Lausanne, will present a 10 g microflyer. It demonstrated full autonomous flight in an office-sized arena using a mere 100 pixels, 2 rate gyros and a miniature anemometer.
Thomas G. Zimmerman is a member of the research staff exploring the frontiers of human-computer interaction at the IBM Almaden Research Center. His 30+ patents cover position tracking, user input, wireless communication, biometrics and encryption. His Data Glove invention established the field of Virtual Reality, selling over one million units. His electric field PAN invention sends data through the human body, exchanging electronic business cards with a handshake, and prevents air bags from injuring children in the Honda Accord. He received his B.S. in Humanities and Engineering and M.S. in Media Science from MIT.
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