• Wolfgang SchinaglEmail author
Conference paper


In this paper about robocopters the author discusses the challenges of the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence, digitalisation, virtualisation and multicopter aviation technologies driven by the consumer market. After a linguistic decomposition of the word robocopter the robocopter will be defined as a “flying tool” or “flying robot” using, as a multicopter, the typical aviation technologies of a helicopter. A comparison shows the current differences between helicopters and typical unmanned multicopters. From an economic perspective, the quadcopter is most successful as a camera drone, driven by hobbyists like drone racers and photographers. With the use of first-person-view (FPV) glasses during a flight a philosophical dimension occurs, because, in our consciousness, the idea arises that “I am flying” instead of the drone. In Austria, a license from the Austro Control agency is necessary to legally store pictures and videos on a microchip on a drone; therefore, the legal regulations for drones are discussed in a short overview. Robocopters as flying tools with an extended level on autonomy are the next step in automation. But there is also a danger, especially in military applications discussed and shown in various video examples.


Drone Quadcopter Multicopter Unmanned autonomous vehicle Robocopter Robobee Roboter Artificial intelligence AI Legal regulation Virtual reality VR Augmented reality AR Mixed reality MR Digitalisation Virtualisation 3D Vision Pattern recognition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WKO Stmk, Technische Infrastruktur, Digital Content Research & Development Center (DCRDC)GrazAustria

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