This spherical bubble drone is at your service. The helium-filled FreeMotionHandling flyer from Germany-based Festo has a unique gripper designed to gently pluck objects and deposit them anywhere.
Unlike other grippers we've scene on robotic devices that work more like a rudimentary hand, clamping or pinching an object, this grabber is a sleeve also filled with helium. It slips down over an apple or a bottle, and then uses compression to hold tight. The maximum weight so far is less than a pound, so only small packages for now.
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At fifty-four inches in diameter, this drone might seem obtrusive, but the transparent shell and floaty flight make it a lovely site.
It's powered by four horizontal rotors and four vertical steering drives attached to a carbon fiber ring around the middle. The ring also supports circuit boards and a Wi-Fi router.