Meet Dronut, the new donut-shaped drone from Cleo Robotics

Meet Dronut, the donut-shaped drone from Cleo Robotics. The Boston-based drone startup thinks that the new form factor, that features the propellers on the inside could make a big difference in security and safety.

Meet Dronut, the new donut-shaped drone from Cleo Robotics

The Boston drone startup Cleo Robotics has come up with a completely new form factor for its drone. with the propellers mounted on the inside, the company thinks that this unmanned aircraft could offer some unique capabilities for the security and safety industries.

“What we've done is a leap forward in technology and capability,” said Omar Eleryan, the chief executive officer of Cleo Robotics, which is housed in the new MassRobotics facility in Boston, according to CBS Boston.

With the leap forward, Eleryan means the mounting of the propellers inside the donut-shaped unmanned aircraft.

“The Dronut has two counter-rotating propellers, which is a basically a ducted fan, UAV,” Eleryan said.

Keeping the propellers inside the aircraft offers some unique benefits according to Simon Czarnota, Cleo's co-founder and chief technology officer.

Meet Dronut, The New Donut-Shaped Drone From Cleo Robotics

Meet Dronut, The New Donut-Shaped Drone From Cleo Robotics 1

“We've designed to fly into confined and enclosed spaces where it might be dangerous or inconvenient for a human or another robot to enter,” said Czarnota.

and local law enforcement will not have to worry about any propellers hitting a wall before sending the drone into dangerous, indoor situations. The new form factor makes the drone so safe that one you easily and without fear of losing one or more fingers catch the device mid-air. Because of this unique feature, the startup is planning to launch a consumer version in the near future.

“You can expect you might be able to see this technology as a robotic security guard in your home or business,” said Eleryan, “or even delivering your packages.”

Currently, the Dronut is only sold to law enforcement and the military. the startup is working on a new version that will be even quieter although it may take another six months to make that a reality.

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