It's basically a blimp drone controlled by a microcontroller utilizing ultrasonic and infrared sensors to navigate through 3d space. It's By leveling the weight with the buoyancy of the balloons it needs very little energy for propulsion.
Thus it's very silent and can run on a small battery for hours. Combined with it's slow and calm movements and soft bouncy balloons it's great for indoor use during exhibitions with many human encounters.
2008 - 2018 / On- & Off going research project about autonomous flying robotics.
Second Iteration on Schmiede 2015 introducing wifi battery status and a 3d ultrasonic array.
Recorded during Schmiede Werkschau 2015 in Hallein, Austria
Somehow the balloons seem to be pretty inviting for people to get in touch with the robot. They add playfulness compared to common propeller drones (which weren't common 2008 anyways). Also the tumbling motion seems to encourage people to help the robot if it gets stuck or trapped. Something Kacie Kinzer already demonstrated with her Tweenbots (check it out)
First setup with an Arduino nano pro - long times ago :)
Flybot at Cologne Passagen in KISD 2008