Gallery: Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

 

While they may resemble a fleet of space invaders, these flying robots are actually designed to aid in disaster relief. Developed by the EPFL School of Engineering, the Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network (SMAVNET) is a group of flying robots that can be deployed during a disaster to create a communication network for rescuers. By flying, the robots are able to overcome any diffcult terrain or other issues they might encounter on the ground, and they provide line-of-sight communication so ground rescuers can contact each other and bases of deployment.

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