Optical flow on a flapping wing robot

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Optical flow on a flapping wing robot
— Optical flow sensing techniques are promising for obstacle avoidance, distance regulation, and moving target tracking, particularly for small mobile robots with limited power and payload constraints. Most optical flow sensing experimental work has been done on mobile platforms which are relatively steady in rotation, unlike the pitching motion expected on flapping wing flyers. In order to assess the feasibility of using optical flow to control an indoor flapping flyer, an 7 gram commercially available ornithopter airframe was equipped with on-board camera and CPU module with mass of 2.5 grams and 2.6 gram battery. An experiment was conducted capturing optical flow information during flapping and gliding flight on the same platform. As expected, flapping introduced substantial systematic bias to the direction estimates to the point of flipping the true direction periodically. Nonetheless, since the optical flow results oscillated at the same frequency as the flapping w...
Fernando Garcia Bermudez, Ronald S. Fearing
Added 24 May 2010
Updated 24 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where IROS
Authors Fernando Garcia Bermudez, Ronald S. Fearing
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