Usually, drones are meant to be flown outside and kept a safe distance away from people.
But a German automation and robotics company has other plans for one of their gadgets.
Festo’s bubble-like autonomous prototype bot called FreeMotionHandling can both fly and grip objects.
It's not a danger to humans in close proximity, according to a brochure on the company's website. In fact, the drone is meant to interact with humans.
The helium-filled ball can rotate in different directions as it's pushed by eight propellers on a carbon fiber ring.
The so-called gripper on the drone, Festo notes, is inspired by a chameleon's tongue and made out of an ultra thin material. The elastic gripper can pick up an item, or even multiple items for delivery using a wrapping technique and a rope winch.
According to the company, the drone uses indoor GPS to get around and has onboard cameras and sensors for more streamlined navigation.
Festo released information and a video showing off the flying sphere ahead of Hannover Messe, an industrial technology trade fair held in Germany.
H/T Tech Times