Avian-Inspired Perching for Flying Robots
Songbirds perch using a tendon that causes the foot to close when the leg collapses. We are developing graspers inspired by the feet and legs of songbirds that will enable flying robotic rotorcraft such as helicopters and quadrotors to perch like a bird.
C. E. Doyle, J. J. Bird, T. A. Isom, J. C. Kallman, D. F. Bareiss, D. J. Dunlop, R. J. King, J. J. Abbott, and M. A. Minor, "An Avian-Inspired Passive Mechanism for Quadrotor Perching," IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatronics, 18(2):506-517, 2013.
C. E. Doyle, J. J. Bird, T. A. Isom, C. J. Johnson, J. C. Kallman, J. A. Simpson, R. J. King, J. J. Abbott, and M. A. Minor, "Avian-Inspired Passive Perching Mechanism for Robotic Rotorcraft," IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 4975-4980, 2011.