What would it take to program a computer (robot) to swat a fly?

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Offline FredL

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What would it take to program a computer (robot) to swat a fly?
« Last Edit: 29/10/2015 09:50:19 by chris »
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Offline syhprum

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Re: robotic fly swatter
« Reply #1 on: 29/10/2015 04:49:37 »
Although it would be no problem getting a fly swatting robot to react more quickly than a human I think there would be a big problem determining whether the fly was in an appropriate place to be swatted.
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I don't think this should be too tricky to do. I suspect that the technology already exists because the same solution, deployed slightly differently, is currently used in settings like driverless cars which need to track movements of external objects that move in a vaguely random way.
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A robot to swat a fly?

I want robots with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!
« Last Edit: 29/10/2015 20:22:08 by evan_au »

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Using a multi mega joule laser to swat the flies puts me in mind of the old western films where flies were often swatted by a well aimed bullet from a .45 pistol
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A robot to swat a fly?

I want robots with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_laser

All hail our new robot laser overlords!

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Swatting a fly is a bit like hitting a table-tennis ball.
Evidently a lot of hardware is required ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFXfoekStps
« Last Edit: 05/11/2015 13:39:21 by RD »