AirBurr is a flying robot designed for constrained, cluttered spaces. Its spring-based cage protects it from damage. Even after crashing on walls and other things, it just picks itself up and takes off.
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Researchers have created about a dozen AirBurr versions, which have names like V1-Hovermouse, V4-Crashy, and V6-Sticky.
The AirBurr project was born when researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) began observing how animals fly. Birds and insects often collide with windows and other obstacles, but they are built to survive and recover from such crashes, unlike most existing flying robots. The first AirBurr was a 25-gram wing-based platform, and it has since gone through more than 10 major revisions. In its evolution, AirBurr has been able to crash, stand up, stick to walls, follow light sources, and, perhaps most important, generally entertain its makers. The final goal is building a version capable of navigating even more complex and constrained environments, such as caves or collapsed buildings.