Insect-Inspired Drone Helps Emergency Workers Navigate Disasters

Insect-Inspired Drone Helps Emergency Workers Navigate Disasters
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Researchers developed a flying robot that simply bounces away from obstacles in its path.

Sara Boboltz
  • 4 november 2013

Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have found one redeeming quality in the mosquito, heretofore nature’s most detested insect.

Using observations on the bug’s navigational strategy, they’ve created Gimball, a “crash happy” drone that could potentially help disaster relief workers cross dangerous terrain such as fires or radiation leaks. Adrian Briod, who helped develop the device, gives some insight on the team’s inspiration:

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