lightweight flyability gimbal drone is resistant to collisions
lightweight flyability gimbal drone is resistant to collisions
feb 10, 2015

lightweight flyability gimbal drone is resistant to collisions

lightweight flyability gimbal drone is resistant to collisions
images courtesy of flyability




winner of the ‘UAE drones for good award‘ and the accompanying $1 million USD prize money, the flyability ‘gimbal’ drone is protected by a rotating cage which prevents damages when colliding with obstacles. this world’s first of its kind enables it to enter confined spaces and safely fly close to humans, making it highly effective and useful for rescue missions. at the dubai internet city-located international competition which focuses on how technology will radically reshape government and public services in the future, the swiss company will use the funding to continue developing their lightweight product.


their drones for good submission movie
video courtesy of flyability




flyability team lead patrick thevoz said, ‘we struggled to find funding to develop our search and rescue drone but this UAE government summit initiative, drones for good, means we can commercially develop our project within a year, and with flyability able to go where it is dangerous for rescuers, help save lives.’


the flying spheroid can cope with challenging environments without the need for fragile sensors
video courtesy of ecole polytechnique fédérale de lausanne


the rotating cage ensures it doesn’t lose its stability




the small, lightweight gadget is aimed for rescue mission usage

  • I bought a small scale version of this drone at my local hobby shop for $39 USD a couple of years ago. Besides the co-axial helicopter blades it has a small motor and rotor blade to control flight direction. It bounces off walls and objects with an spherical ABS plastic cage formed with longitudinal spars and a couple of reinforcing latitudinal braces.

  • nice idea but flying in fact a cage with multiple anchor points in a site where it could get entangled easier that way might need a bit of work


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