“It’s a Bird…. It’s a Plane… What the HECK is it?!” - Well, that would be an ion-propelled aircraft, radically different from the traditionally powered aircraft out there, stunningly gorgeous to look at, and of course, bringing with it a certain ‘Out-of-this-World’ aura!
Till now Ion-propulsion had only been thought of in terms of deep space propulsion mechanism, capable of propelling us at near-light speeds. But voilà, here we are demonstrating a proof-of-concept that this can be done right here on Earth, in the atmosphere, and generate thrust, albeit a rather small amount. This, however, has been used in gliders developed by MIT, where they had it flown for a respectable amount of distance and time.
The main motivation here for such a system in the first place is the lack of any moving parts whatsoever, which would significantly reduce maintenance in jet or propellor based planes. There are also applications where silent propulsion is required, such as steady drones for long-term surveillance, or with the use of solar panels, scale this set up to last for really long surveillance/reconnaissance flights, monitoring a huge area continuously.
Devices like drones are widely controlled using remote but what if we could control them using gestures!Won’t it be cool and much easier to fly a drone by moving just your hands.It would be much easier to control a gesture based drone compared to a remote control based device.
The idea was initially to develop a full-fledged gesture control drone but for constraints of budget, we are having gestures for two motions roll and pitch. The throttle and yaw is sent through the RC receiver.
Initially, we selected this project as it seemed cool to control a drone with gestures but we later realised that this gesture technology can be extended to many devices, say gesture-based switches for electrical appliances. Smartphones could come with hand gesture control . The motion-based control using MPU can be used to control many devices in the future. Like switching on lights just by hand movements.
This project is to make a bionic-opter which is a remote-controlled robotic model of a dragon-fly.
Our main inspiration to make this is our interest in drones and aerial vehicles, we were interested in making an unmanned remote-controlled copter in a different way from others. So, we used the flapping mechanism of a dragon-fly to make the drone fly and hence we named it bionicopter(bionic-copter).
We are going to control the bionicopter through blue-tooth from an app for which the code had been written and uploaded to Raspberry-pi and the wing flap frequency and servo motor can be used to rotate the flapper orientation which changes the flapping direction and hence movement direction.
A quadcopter that can fly as well as walk. We have made a X shaped quadcopter that has a spider bot attached at bottom of it.We have made a X shaped quadcopter that has a spider bot attached at bottom of it.