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Flying drones inside burning buildings while looking for disaster survivors is incredibly hard, but it’s also one of the most promising applications of the machines. That’s why the Gimball search and rescue drone, billed as the world’s first collision-proof drone, was just awarded $US1 million in the United Arab Emirates’ Drones for Good competition.

(via Gizmodo)


The orb-shaped aircraft, made by Flyability, bounces off of obstacles and rolls along surfaces. The compact, electronically stabilised two-rotor design means the Gimball can easily manoeuvre stairways and halls, while the tough carbon fibre cage keeps the gadgets’ guts safe. It’s like a flying version of BB-8,the rolling ball droid in the new Star Wars movie. Except this sci-fi-inspired version is poised for mass production within a year…

Read more by Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo Australia 10 February 2015


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