Velcro. Bullet trains. Sonar. All innovations inspired by nature. Now, there might be a new item to add to the list — tiny flying robots.
In an emergency situation, like if a building collapses or a gas leak makes a space too toxic to enter, first responders have started using robots to enter a space that wouldn’t be safe for a person. The problem, however, is that in an challenging environment a robot can be difficult to maneuver — they end up running into something and breaking. Now, however, inspired by the flight patterns of insects, new technology allows the robots to crash into something without breaking, which apparently happens to insects all the time.
The Airburr is designed a lot like a housefly. It can buzz around an area and survey the scene, providing vital information, without doing damage to itself, or anything in it’s path. So are these flying robots the next big thing? Vote “yes” or “no,” then leave a comment telling us why.