Robots Love Riding Hoverbikes Too [w/Video]
In the space race to create a mass-market hoverbike, which is legitimately heating up, these guys are doing it right. This is the Drone 3, a hoverbike designed by Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based engineering firm. It measures in at less than four feet long and weighs only 15.4 pounds, which surely won’t support any human passengers, but does preview the company’s design for a future quad-rotor, full-size model. RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Mercier-Jones Supercraft
Since the folks behind the project couldn’t ride it themselves, they did the next best thing and strapped a robot on it. With a GoPro camera for a head and a body built from lightweight 3-D printed material, the robot simulates the effects of a human rider and even gives the pilot of the radio-controlled hoverbike a view from behind the wheel … er … handlebars.
And if you like the idea of flying around your own lightweight 3-D printed robots, or teddy bears, or cats for that matter – you can. The company is offering the current 1/3rd scale hoverbike as a reward for donating around $1,000 on its Kickstarter page, which so far has raised over £55,000 ($91,000). Hurry because the offer ends on August 31.
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The pint-sized hoverbike project serves to provide a money stream for development on the company’s large-scale bike, which could eventually be used for ski and mountain rescue, farming, cattle mustering, as well as search and rescue operations.
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Source: Popular Science