June 17, 2008

Perfecting the Robotic Dragonfly

Researchers at England's Royal Veterinary College, and the Germany's University of Ulm are using a dragonfly as a model to create flying bots with cameras and sensors for military applications. Because they have four independent wings, they can hover, glide, move backwards, and change directions rapidly. Although not completely successful, we suspect that the scientists will eventually come up with a utile robotic spy, at least until the enemy brings it down with their robotic fly swatter.

Via Technology Review

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 17, 2008 8:00 AM
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