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    Robotic Insect: World's Smallest Flying Robot Takes Off

    wiseguy May 2, 2013

    1. wiseguy

      wiseguy Chataholic

      Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.

      This "robo-fly", built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic "muscles" to power its wings.

      Its Harvard University developers say tiny robots like theirs may eventually be used in rescue operations.

      It could, for example, navigate through tiny spaces in collapsed buildings.

      The development is reported in the journal Science.

      Tethered flight: It will take "a few more years" before the robo-flies will be able to carry a power source
      Lead researcher Kevin Ma from Harvard University says his team has made the world's smallest flying robot.

      It also has the fly-like agility that allows the insects to evade even the swiftest of human efforts to swat them.

      This comes largely from very precise wing movements



    2. steel bat

      steel bat Chat Addict

      ** hears buzzing and reaches for the aerosol**
    3. wiseguy

      wiseguy Chataholic

      rust spray lol
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    4. Shortie861

      Shortie861 Administrator Staff Member

      I think this is a brilliant idea for the likes of collapsed buildings and such to give people who are rescuing a 3rd eye and hopefully save more people if they know how people are trapped and if it will e dangerous to try and rescue them at that instance, but I do wonder about how many may mistake it for the real thing :giggle:
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