A Bat Drone sounds like something Bruce Wayne created in his cave to fight crime in Gotham. And with its distinct feature of being able to hang upside down like a real bat, it may be something from a comic book. It is, however, closer to reality than you may think.
Bat Drone Begins
This drone can use its movable legs to grab onto a horizontal beam, which can then hang upside down while at rest. The four legs act like a singular claw, where it grabs hold of a beam while flying. Think of branches, poles, phone wires, and the like. Mimicking this bat feature can provide a variety of features for drones. For one, a drone would not have to require an even surface to rest up. This adds more resting stations for drones. It can help conserve energy during the trip, as well as help expand more landing zones for drones equipped with these bat features.
Upsides of the Bat
For delivery drones, the bat resting design is invaluable. Deliveries can happen on more places – especially in areas with unstable ground. It also means that the package is safer, since the drone would not be in contact with the floor. This prevents accidents such as the package being stepped on, as well as thievery and added bumps.
When the drone faces harsh weather conditions, it can also ‘rest up’ in a safe area before continuing. Not only will the drone face less dangers, it also preserves energy instead of trying to combat high winds.
Newer drones now take inspiration from animal designs. Whether it is bird wings, bird legs, or even insect wings; drone efficiency receives an upgrade with these additions. With newer designs trending more towards nature’s work, what do you think will be the next animal inspiration?