Scott: It is Friday, so you already know what that means. It is time for the Next Big Thing!
Now last week, we told you about the Google balloons, a.k.a. Project Loon. The giant balloons get launched into the air where they connect with each other and the local internet, creating a network in the sky.
So, is it the next big thing? Well, 88% of you said, ‘Yes, beam me up!’ But 12% of you said, ‘No way! Burst that balloon!
Now this week, robots are doing all kinds of things. And now, they are flying! Imagine all the ways this could help.
In emergency situations, like a building collapse or a room full of toxic fumes, it is tough for humans to get in and help out. Small robots that can fly could help in those cases, but the big problem is these robots often end up slamming into objects and breaking. Now scientists say they have found a way to make flying robots tougher.
Meet the AirBurr V11. This flying robot mimics the flight patterns of insects.
Scientist: Like our robots, insects were colliding into things. However, unlike our robots, insects were able to quickly recover in the air and continue their mission, continue flying.
Scott: If the robots crash into walls, they don’t break. In fact, they can move on and keep flying. Researchers hope that these robots will help in future search and rescue missions.
But what do you think? Is the flying robot really the next big thing? Well, you know what to do. Head to Channelone.com and weigh in.