Meet the world's smallest flying robot

Scientists at Harvard University have created a tiny, insect-sized robot that is able to take flight

 

US Scientists have created a robot the size of a fly, which is able to take flight using incredibly thin wings that beat 120 times per second.

Built by scientific researchers at Harvard School Of Engineering and Applied Science, the so-called 'RoboBee' weighs under a gram and is roughly the same size as a penny. Its body is built from carbon fibre and its wings are built from wafer thin ceramic. The wings themselves are powered by artificial muscle, made from layers of a piezoelectric material

The flying RoboBee represent the culmination of over ten years of work according the head of the project.

"This is what I have been trying to do for literally the last 12 years," said Robert J Wood, the project's principal investigator said.

"We had to develop solutions from scratch, for everything. We would get one component working, but when we moved onto the next, five new problems would arise. It was a moving target," he said.

The creators of RoboBee say robots of this type could be used in rescue and recovery operations. We at T3 would also posit that, if it were possible to outfit the RoboBee with a camera, it could make an extraordinarily effective surveillance device. Just saying...

 

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