Bat inspired drone that flies and walks, a flying robot that can also walk. Watch the video…
A team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics created the DALER (Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot), inspired by the common vampire bat.
It uses adaptive morphology, Desmodus rotundus, meaning that the wings have been actuated using a foldable skeleton mechanism covered with a soft fabric.
It is hoped that a future application of the DALER might be to find victims in dangerous areas after a natural disaster. The DALER can be remotely deployed to fly to an affected area, and then can walk through a disaster zone (e.g. a damaged building) to locate victims, meaning that human rescue teams can concentrate their efforts where they are needed, rather than using time to search for victims in a dangerous environment.