Meet GimBall: The flying robot that can bump off obstacles without it affecting flight

Crashing, the fatal flaw of flying robots, has just been bypassed. Using a gyroscopic protective shell the GimBall can literally bounce off walls and obstacles but continue to fly.

Imagine how useful this would be for flying a camera bot into a burning or semi-collapsed building to check for survivors. Or as fun later down the line for toys that kids don't break before Christmas morning is over.

GimBall is built using lightweight carbon fibre materials so it's strong but also flies comfortably. The name comes from the fact it uses a gimball system to passively rotate on impact, always keeping the propellers upright and spinning.

The ability to take a knock or two also means there are less stringent sensor requirements allowing these robots to be even lighter, faster and more robust that the UAVs out there now. Expect to see GimBall making it into all walks of life soon.



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