You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?
That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University‘s School of Computer Science.
Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings — an artistic technique known as stippling.
It’s no simple feat. Programming the aerial robots to apply each payload of ink accurately and efficiently requires complex algorithms to plan flight paths and adjust for positioning errors. Even very slight air currents can toss the featherweight drones off course. [Read more…]