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Transcript of Robobee Presenation
RoboBee is a tiny robot capable of secured flight, developed by a research robotics team at Harvard University. The completion of twelve years of research, RoboBee solved two key technical challenges of micro-robotics.
Engineers invented a process inspired by pop-up books that allowed them to build on a sub-millimeter scale precisely and efficiently. To achieve flight, they created artificial muscles capable of beating the wings 120 times per second.
The goal of the RoboBee project is to make a fully free swarm of flying robots for applications such as search and rescue and artificial pollination. To make this workable, researchers need to figure out how to get power supply and decision making functions, which are currently handled via a tiny tether to the robot, on board.
The 3-centimeter (1.2 in) wingspan of RoboBee makes it the smallest man-made device modeled on an insect to achieve flight.
If researchers solve the microchip and power issues, it is believed that groups of RoboBees employing swarm intelligence will be highly useful in search and rescue efforts and as artificial pollinators.
Potential applications for individual or small groups of RoboBees include covert surveillance and the detection of harmful chemicals.
According to the project researchers, the "pop-up" manufacturing process would enable fully programmed mass production of RoboBees in the future. Harvard's Wyss Institute is in the process of commercializing the folding and pop-up techniques invented for the project.
It lifts off the table, hovers, and flies in different directions. At this point in its evolution, the bug is still secured by thin wires that allow its designers to power and guide it. And landing remains an issue. The robot ends its sorties with all the grace of a mosquito nailed with a burst of Raid.