So far, flying robots have demonstrated great success in remote sensing and visual inspection tasks. However, many tasks 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 due to their design, and this is where the Voliro innovation comes in.
Voliro is developing the next generation of autonomous flying robots, an omnidirectional platform with the unique ability to approach, touch, and interact with the environment.
This expands the capabilities 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 that a sensor 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 fighting fires through building windows.