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RoboFly: An insect-sized robot that can fly, walk and drift on water surfaces

by Ingrid Fadelli, Science X Network, Tech Xplore

Insect-size robots could have numerous useful applications, for instance, aiding search and rescue (SAR) missions, simplifying the inspection of infrastructures and speeding up agricultural processes. Despite the advantages associated with their size, these robots can be very difficult to build, as their fabrication involves assembling several tiny components.

To overcome these limitations, researchers at the University of Washington have recently created RoboFly, a 74-mg flapping-wing robot that can move in the air, on the ground and on water surfaces. The new robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, was built using fewer components than those generally used to build insect-size robots, which greatly simplifies its fabrication.

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