Engineers have developed an autonomous octocopter that can attach shingles to the roof with a nail gun and move to the next point without a remote control or human assistance..
In addition to helping with supervision, robotic systems are gradually relieving people of repetitive, messy and dangerous work. A team from the University of Michigan now includes roofing work in the list of risky tasks performed by drones..
Engineers were an aircraft that uses cameras and sensors to navigate control. The same system helps him pinpoint where to drive nails..
In order for the drone to operate autonomously, the engineers broke the process down into smaller operations, and then the software that allows the octocopter to perform them successfully..
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In the model presented, the trigger of the standard nailer has been replaced by a virtual switch that is activated once the unit is in the correct position on the roof..
The team originally planned that the drone would land quickly and shoot the nail right away to save time, but in such conditions the tip of the pistol bounced off the surface, because of which it did not work or missed. Therefore, the presented prototype works with the speed of a beginner roofer..
The engineers say that in the future they want to create a model powered by a mains cable, and not from a battery, which, due to the large mass of the nailer, lasts only 10 minutes of continuous operation. In addition, they plan to supplement the system with a camera with a propeller, which will show the device the orientation and position of the tiles..
Last year, Russian engineers developed an alternative way of powering drones, presenting them with wireless charging in flight..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Michigan
A drone with a nail gun for autonomous roofing