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GimBall and the AirBurr, are robots designed specifically to study the physical interaction between flying robots and their environment.

Robots capable of flight in cramped and cluttered environments have many advantages over their ground-based counterparts, but most current systems suffer from the same fundamental problem: any contact with obstacles has catastrophic, mission-ending results. What if instead of avoiding collisions, a flying robot can become robust to them, and even take advantage of contact with its environment?

GimBall and the AirBurr, are robots designed specifically to study the physical interaction between flying robots and their environment.

GimBall is equipped with a passively rotating protective cage, which keeps it stable even during collisions. It can therefore fly in very cluttered environments without fearing contacts.

The AirBurr v11 is now able to detect obstacles thanks to contact sensors integrated in its structure. Together with accelerometers, these sensors allow the AirBurr to learn from collisions and change direction once it meets an obstacle. In this video, it flies fully autonomously in a small room and explores the entire 3D space with touch sensors as only exteroceptive sensor (no distance or height sensor is used). These latest results will be presented in November at

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