A small, ultra-light, spheroid drone that bounces off obstacles it comes into contact with explores an ice cave of the Zermatt Glacier in the Swiss Alps. Matthew Stock reports.
Heading into the abyss... the Gimball is a drone that can venture where humans dare not go. Its makers recently partnered with a mountain rescue team to explore ice caves in the Swiss Alps. Protected by a shock-absorbing elastic frame, the Gimball simply bounces off obstacles as it navigates the narrow crevasse. Its gyroscopic stabilisation system keeps it on course despite the bumpy ride. Impossible for other flying robots, the Gimball was able to swoop 10 metres down into the chasm and return safely back to the surface. Makers Flyability say Gimball's unique protective cage means it's also safe to fly around people; which could make it a vital new tool for search and rescue missions.