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Insect-Inspried GimBall Robot can Handle Impacts
The GimBall flying robot sphere was designed to crash into objects without damaging itself, bouncing off of them and continuing on its way.

The GimBall quadcopter is encased in a round, flexible cage that protects it from impacts. A double-carbon ring within the cage rotates in the event of a collision, keeping the robot’s gyroscopically-stabilized body properly oriented and allowing it to recover quickly from impacts. The Gimball has applications in search-and-rescue missions, and is equipped with a camera that could relay information back to emergency responders.

The carbon-ring stabilizing system was inspired by insects, which are able to bounce off of obstacles and continue on their journey without much apparent difficulty. 

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