Swiss invented drone wins $1 million prize
The Swiss company Flyability was awarded with the Drones for Good Award and won $1 million. The event was organized by the United Arab Emirates government on February 6-7, 2015. The drone Gimball beat out 39 semi-finalists and received best award in the international category.
The camera drone consists of two propellers and is protected by a light carbon fiber cage on the outside. On the one hand, the cage enables to collide with obstacles without crashing. On the other hand, it protects animate beings from the spinning rotors and enables safe flying by poor visibility.
Gimball’s application possibilities are diverse: It can be used inside and outside. The small size allows to fly in an extremely narrow environment and track objects or persons. Further, the flying robot can enter surroundings that expose human beings to danger such as contaminated areas. The prize money will be used for further development. More features like infrared cameras will be added in order to operate in dark or smoky environments and improve the indoor localization.
Flyability is a spin-off company from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and National Center of Competence in Reaserch (NCCR) Robotics. Spin-offs supported by the Federal Technical Universities ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne enjoy great popularity. For further information please click here.