So far, flying robots have demonstrated great success in remote sensing and visual inspection tasks. However, there are many tasks that require physical contact in difficult- to-access areas, including contact-based inspection and the painting, coating and cleaning of elevated structures. The quadcopters that are currently on the market are incapable of executing physical work by design, and this is where Voliro innovation comes in.
Voliro is developing the next generation of autonomous flying robots, an omnidirectional platform with the unique capability to approach, touch and interact with the environment.
This expands the abilities of service drones from “flying and seeing” to “flying, seeing and touching.” Voliro robots are “Hands in the Sky.” This novel ability to interact with the environment through a flying platform opens the door to large markets in which construction or maintenance tasks require additional infrastructure. Such tasks include non-destructive infrastructure inspection, which often requires a sensor to be in contact with structures; the spraying of fluids to clean building facades; the cleaning of walls and windows; the painting and coating of surfaces; and even firefighting through the windows of buildings.
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