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Tennis-Playing Quadrocopters Ready for Match Play


Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed quadrocopters that can be controlled with such precision that they can play tennis.

The quadrocopters — fitted with a taut mesh, akin to the head of a tennis racket — were able to return a ball to someone who threw it to them by moving forward, angling the racket toward them. Two of the quadrocopters were also able to play an extended rally of tennis with each other, swiftly positioning themselves to return the ball to the other robot. A single quadrocopter could also play a game of “keepie-uppie” with the ball without dropping it.


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