Are Robotic Insects the Pests of the Future?

Are Robotic Insects the Pests of the Future?

Flying insects like fruit flies and common house flies are known for their quick reaction times and agile flying.  Robotics researchers have been trying for years to harness to power of the flying insect to create a better and more responsive robot.

Delft University of Technology Robotics researchers created a flapping robot with 4 wings that can travel up to a kilometer before running out of power.  They hoped to design a robot that mimicked the flight pattern of an insect without unnatural flying systems like tethers or propellers.

The DelFly Nimble is tailless with 4 wings and flies at a pace around 15 mph.  Working with the robot’s reaction times and control feedback, researchers hope to create autonomous drones or small airplanes based on the movements of insects.

The robot has already attracted the attention of military directors, robotics experts, and biologists alike.  The scientists plan to continue the development of the robot.

Story via Tech Crunch


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