Originally posted by twhiteheadThe term robot can be extended to any machine that does a job autonomously, or under remote control, some form of intelligence behind it, human or silicon.
From the webpage:
[b]The robots cost about $1000 to produce per unit, which is extremely inexpensive when you consider that some robotics programs can cost thousands or even millions of dollars.
But it isn't a robot. So far it is little different from a remote controlled helicopter and so any price comparison should be made with those (which in some cases are far cheaper).[/b]
Originally posted by sonhouseThen it shouldn't be compared cost wise with other robots that have far more functionality. They should have compared it with remote controlled toy helicopters (which is what it is so far).
The term robot can be extended to any machine that does a job autonomously, or under remote control, some form of intelligence behind it, human or silicon.
Originally posted by twhiteheadProblem with that is it would be a lot larger and therefore would not be very useful by military or rescue people. Hydrogen has gotten a bad rap and I for one would like to see more hydrogen balloons because helium is a precious recourse, rather limited and should not be used for such things as party balloons when there are real scientific uses making such party balloons a huge waste of resources.
Then it shouldn't be compared cost wise with other robots that have far more functionality. They should have compared it with remote controlled toy helicopters (which is what it is so far).
It looks to me like the mass would be higher than a typical helicopter design. I doubt it would be quieter. The only clear benefit is durability. Do you think it is ...[text shortened]... n or helium. What size balloon would be required to carry a small camera and a small propeller?
Originally posted by twhiteheadand for all the uses it wouldn't be better for you use what? the invention of this device does not preclude the use of micro blimps if that would be more suited, but it gives you something that can do things blimps can't... like fly into high winds, for example.
Maybe so, but it still seems to me that for many uses, it makes more sense: it would be significantly cheaper and would have longer flying hours.
Originally posted by twhiteheadWhat do you call a typical helium balloon size? I just mentioned the strategic importance of helium and it should not be used in party balloons. I play with party balloons and find I can achieve equilibrium with lift vs fall, keeping the balloon at a steady altitude but the amount of stuff it can carry is in the grams, so it would take a lot larger balloon do to interesting stuff with, which means more power needed to hold in place against wind. I know for a fact that they can hoover in place in still air though. I was even able to make the balloons go up or down by the use of an IR heat lamp.
How much larger? A typical helium balloon is smaller than the device under discussion and could quite easily carry a small digital camera.
The biggest benefit is much longer potential flying time.