Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Oct 31, 2013 6 Comments by

Ever see fly buzz a room, bouncing off windows and walls and somehow continuing on its insect mission? Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created Gimball to borrow from the insect world. It uses sensors to navigate and its elastic cage and gyroscopically stabilized to bounce back from impacts, stay oriented and continue on its way. The 13-ounce aircraft was recently tested in a pine forest, where it maintained its course over several hundred meters while bouncing off the trees! It is equipped with a camera that can send images back to emergency personnel. Check out the video!

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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6 Responses to “Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride”

  1. Phil spector says:

    Where can I get one?

  2. John Mitchell says:

    That was awesome, and I hope they achieve their goal. Search and Rescue could definitely use a tool like this…especially high angle rescue.

  3. Ed king says:

    Awesome !!

  4. Nathan says:

    I want one!

  5. Ben Woods says:

    As with all these new gadgets… they never tell us when & where we can get one!!! Drads!!!!

  6. Gadget Getter says:

    I need one one of these to add to my arsenal of gadgets!!!!! Where can I get one??

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