Harvard University scientists have released video of the latest exploits of RoboBee, their multipurpose air-water microrobot. Jim Drury has more.
Robobee just got even more nimble. The last we heard, this multipurpose air-water microrobot had developed the ability to perch like a bat to save energy. Now it can dive into water and swim before launching itself safely onto land. New floating devices help it stabilise on the water's surface.... while an internal combustion system propels it airwards. Harvard University biological engineers have been working on RoboBee for 12 years. They've filed a patent application. Future uses could include search-and-rescue operations, environmental monitoring and biological studies.