Last Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

'DALER' robot can rescue you during natural disasters


A Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot (DALER) which can fly by spreading its wings wide and walk by turning its wings down to function as legs has been created.

The designers hope their adaptive robotic ‘bat’ could be used to find victims in dangerous areas after a natural disaster by being remotely deployed to fly to an affected area, before walking through the rubble to search for victims.

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Researchers in Switzerland at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics collaborated to create the robotic vampire bat.

According to The Daily Mail, Daler features a foldable skeleton mechanism covered in fabric that can be used both as wings and as legs, also known as 'whegs'. 

'This project aims to design robots for exploration, search-and-rescue, or surveillance applications,' said doctoral assistant Ludovic Daler at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

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Below is the video of DALER at YouTube