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Robotic insect

Jun 16, 2009 video

This robot fly capable of lift-off was created using state-of-the-art technology. With a tiny carbon fiber body and wings made of thin plastic sheets, the fly was inspired by the way real insects move. The wings are controlled by a minuscule flight muscle or ‘actuator’ that drives wing movement when a voltage is applied. While these robotic flies currently require an external power supply, the ultimate aim is to create large quantities of autonomous free-flying robotic insects that could be used for reconnaissance, search and rescue. “The long term goal is to have a swarm of robotic insects” explained Ben Finio, a Ph.D. candidate in the Wood lab, “for instance, that could go into a burning building and find people who are trapped and relay that information to rescue workers.” (By the Wood lab)

Tags: Rob Wood, Robotics

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