Nimbus lab quadrotors can power devices wirelessly

Brent Griffin and Carrick Detweiler of Nimbus Lab at University of Nebraska-Lincoln have designed the quadrotors for charging the electronic devices wirelessly on the fly. According to them, when the quadrotors flies, it will send up to five watts at 25 centimeters, and it will be a great source for powering the light.

The researchers have recently presented their invention “Resonant Wireless Power Transfer to Ground Sensors from a UAV” at the IEEE International Conference 2012 on Robotics and Automation.

The research team says that “We are investigating systems and control algorithms to optimize the power transfer from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the remote sensor node. In addition, we are investigating energy usage algorithms to optimize the use of the power in networks of sensors that are able to be recharged wirelessly from UAVs.”

This great invention could be helpful for activating sensors in the remote areas. It includes sensors at the bridges (for structural inspection), and underwater sensors (for transferring data and recharging).

The researchers have planned to develop their project by teaching the quadrotor to maintain a steady fly at an optimum space for sending the power to a receiver. Moreover, they expect to make the quadrotors to produce more power.

The below video shows you the quadrotors ability to power the light wirelessly:

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