Drones can fly longer using bird-like claws

A new research highlights that drones could stay out far longer by using bird-like claws since it’d require less energy than hovering in mid-air.

Drones can fly longer using bird-like claws“Birds usually fly somewhere and they stay at the top of the roof or some tree branches,” Kaiyu Hang, a roboticist who worked on the research at Yale University disclosed.

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Researchers came up with a bird-inspired design that act as the drone’s “modularized landing gears”. The claws are designed to extend and save battery power by allowing the drone to both perch and rest.

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And the modular claws could have other benefits, too.

“If you perch, for example, underneath a bridge or underneath the eaves of a building you can ride out storms or bad weather that would make it hard to fly.”

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