This little drone only seems dumb. While its nimble brethren navigate corridors and zip in and out of windows, the Swiss-designed AirBurr crashes into just about everything, like an old rummy at last call.
There's a reason for all that clumsiness: Crashing into walls helps the AirBurr map unknown surroundings. Each time it smacks into something, the drone rights itself with four retractable carbon fiber legs, then remembers what it ran into. Gizmag explains how:
The AirBurr could be used to map building interiors that are not safe for people, such as collapsed buildings after an earthquake or hostile buildings during a raid.
Watch the AirBurr bounce into things here:
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