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Tiny flying insect drones now a reality: See the video of controlled flight

(NaturalNews) It's been more than a decade in the making, but now Harvard University researchers have developed a tiny flying drone that is barely larger than a quarter.

Robotics researchers at the Ivy League school have achieved a first, reports Forbes: the creation of robotic insects that are capable of flight. A paper detailing their work was recently published in the journal Science. Here's an abstract of the research:

Flies are among the most agile flying creatures on Earth. To mimic this aerial prowess in a similarly sized robot requires tiny, high-efficiency mechanical components that pose miniaturization challenges governed by force-scaling laws, suggesting unconventional solutions for propulsion, actuation, and manufacturing. To this end, we developed high-power-density piezoelectric flight muscles and a manufacturing methodology capable of rapidly prototyping articulated, flexure-based sub-millimeter mechanisms.

We built an 80-milligram, insect-scale, flapping-wing robot modeled loosely on the morphology of flies. Using a modular approach to flight control that relies on limited information about the robot's dynamics, we demonstrated tethered but unconstrained stable hovering and basic controlled flight maneuvers. The result validates a sufficient suite of innovations for achieving artificial, insect-like flight.

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fireant's picture

Still a way to go before a "reality"

They have to miniaturize the power source yet. This early version is on a tether.

Undo what Wilson did

SteveMT's picture

These developers must be very proud of themselves.

The Manhattan project developers knew what the atomic bomb would be used for. Yet, they still created it. These mini drone people will say that they didn't intend for this technology (from hell) to be used for anything but the betterment of mankind.

Maybe some 3-D mosquito netting or 3-D flypaper is needed?

Can pidgeons ......fetch :)

Can pidgeons ......fetch :)

hahaha

Another reason for me to feed pigeons.

:)

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I hear stores are now stocking them

This pic just made my day

Awesome find Gomez.
Thanks.

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made actually glad it made ya

made actually

glad it made ya smile :)

I saw the coverage of this

I saw the coverage of this story elsewhere and it really must be acknowledged as a remarkable feat of engineering. Just amazing work. Good and bad will come of it of course, depending on who is using it and to what end. I imagine all sorts of interesting applications: Military, rescue, mapping of inaccessible locations, photography, surveillance, microclimate weather and wind data recording. No doubt troublemakers will also use these things to eavesdrop, administer toxins, release as attack swarms, etc. Once the genie is out if the bottle it cannot be put back in, so it will continue to be refined and improved and people will adjust.

Sweet now I can spy on the

Sweet now I can spy on the cops

Well, not yet. Eventually

Well, not yet. Eventually cameras will be developed that are small and light enough, but power (as usual) will probably be the main issue here.