Flying Robots Build a 6-Meter Tower

Read more on: http://www.zeitnews.org/robotics/flying-robots-build-a-6-meter-tower.html

Yesterday night the first installation to be built by flying machines opened its doors to the public. An hour or so after the Opening, after most of the crowd had gone to drink champagne in the building next door, I snuck upstairs and recorded a few short clips of the quadrocopters.

The installation, called “Flight Assembled Architecture”, was conceived and built by teams led by my colleagues Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler as well as Raffaello D’Andrea at the ETH Zurich. It illustrates a radically new way of thinking about materializing architecture: Use a multitude of mobile flying agents working in parallel and acting together as a scalable production means. As you can see in the video, the quadrocopters are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building.

The tower is actually a 1:100 model of a “vertical village” with a height of 600 meters and housing 30’000 inhabitants. To learn more about the technology (control architecture, collision avoidance and freeway based flight, placement, safety systems, etc.) and architectural aspects (geographic location, transit times, access plans, structural and wind tunnel analysis, etc.), have a look at http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea/fmec

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23 thoughts on “Flying Robots Build a 6-Meter Tower

  1. i hope your …
    i hope your sympathetic, ill forgive you because you forgot your meds, but still though its your responsibility to take? em.

  2. Dang, my bad bro, I …
    Dang, my bad bro, I didn’t take my? med’s the day I made that comment…

  3. thats messes up man …
    thats messes up man,? i wouldnt imagine that happening to you, that hurts man.

  4. I have nothing to …
    I have nothing to you say to you monkey boys. You have the IQ of a bobo chimp.

    I fantasize about you falling on a sharp toy and? bleeding your way into a coma.

  5. nothing to say huh. …
    nothing to say huh…? yup,? thanks for proving my point

  6. people who cuss …
    people who cuss usually dont have much intelligence at all, and others wont? take them serious. keep talking, your making your making yourself look real good….

  7. For 100 bucks you …
    For 100 bucks you can build one… you have to control it yourself, but that wii motion plus you have that you haven’t played with in a year…? can be used to stabilize one of these with an arduino board and some solder…

  8. So these are the …
    So these are the Skynet drones which will build the extermination centres for us… Poor old humans 😉 Really cool stuff though! Perhaps you and Boston Dynamics should team up and create…. something? cool!

  9. Yea, Nice work guys …
    Yea, Nice work guys. Thanks? for allowing the military to eradicate more freedom from us citizens. Thanks for creating the atom bombs. And the motion detectors. And the tanks. And the gattling guns. And cyanide. And missles. And nano cameras. etc etc.

    Thanks so much.

  10. Why thank you, sir …
    Why thank you, sir Wobblefluff. There are still a few? gentlemen and -women out there.

  11. Well you started …
    Well you started the niceness when you didn’t rip into me and call me ignorant, etc.? etc. which is what most people seem to enjoy doing on YouTube. Well done you I say.

  12. I like you. It’s …
    I like you. It’s great? when someone can make fun of themselves. ^_^

  13. Ohh. Now I feel …
    Ohh. Now I feel foolish. My computer had been? drinking ;o)

  14. I? already have a 4 …
    I? already have a 4-year masters-level engineering degree. We did not do UAV-space-location. Maybe I’m missing the PhD. 😛

  15. Easy. Sign up for …
    Easy. Sign up for an engineering degree, study 3 years, then do a PhD … then you’ll know.?

  16. Um … let’s send …
    Um … let’s send lots of these little quadrotors to Africa carrying? food. AND abolish money! The quadrotors only cost about a hundred bucks each. Oh, wait …

  17. Oh no, that means …
    Oh no, that means even less slowly-constructed foam towers the robots need to? build to destroy the human race! That’s terrible!

  18. I hope you realize …
    I hope you realize that well over 1 billion humans on this planet is starving? as we speak.
    Why?
    Because of the monetary system. We had the capacity to feed, clothe, provide clean water, air and shelter to ALL humans on this planet decades ago… and yet, its not done… all because of money.
    Technology can liberate us, but the way its used currently… not so much.

  19. Your fear stems …
    Your fear stems from bad Hollywood movies that have no basis in? reality.
    Please educate yourself.

  20. THEY ARE GOING TO …
    THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD TOWERS AROUND US? VERY SLOWLY AND THEN WE WILL EVENTUALLY STARVE TO DEATH ONCE IT IS BUILT OH GAAAAAAAAAD

  21. THE ROBOT TAKE OVER …
    THE ROBOT TAKE OVER IS COMING VERY? SOON WE MUST PURGE OUR WORLD OF THESE MACHINES WE MUST HALT THE PROGRESS OF THERE BUILDING AND IMPROVMENT

  22. Well done, guys. …
    Well done, guys. I’d love to know? how they know their location in space.

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