Flying cars, whole meals in pill form, bras that actually fit–we’ve all got hopes and dreams of what the future holds. Robots that bump into things rather than learning to navigate might not be high on many people’s lists, but hey, they exist now, and that’s fun.
The Gimball is a flying robot that contains a stable inner body within a spherical outer body, according to Mashable. When it hits an obstacle, its circular cage enables it to bounce away and keep flying. It mimics the movement of an insect, Mashable reports.
“The goal of this flying robot is to reproduce the amazing capabilities of insects, especially the fact that they can collide into things and continue flying afterwards,” says Adrien Briod, a scientist who worked on the project.
There’s no word yet whether the apparatus will reproduce insects’ amazing capability to sneak in and scare the crap out of us in the shower, but we’re pretty sure the flying robot won’t have a problem with that.