Robotic Fly/Bee

Robotic insects make first controlled flight – [youtube.com]

The demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade’s work, led by researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, the robot was inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost invisibly, 120 times per second.

Robotic insects make first controlled flight – [harvard.edu]

In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

Like a proud parent watching a child take its first steps, graduate student Pakpong Chirarattananon immediately captured a video of the fledgling and emailed it to his adviser and colleagues at 3 a.m.—subject line, “Flight of the RoboBee.”

Pop-up Fabrication of the Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee) – [youtube.com]

The Harvard Monolithic Bee is a millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques. This video describes the manufacturing process, including pop-up book inspired assembly.

[See “Monolithic fabrication of millimeter-scale machines” and “Pop-up book MEMS”: Publications] – [harvard.edu]

Welcome to the Harvard Microrobotics Lab – [harvard.edu]

Our research focuses on design, fabrication, control, and analysis of biologically-inspired microrobots and soft robots. Expertise in microfabrication and microsystem design, combined with insights from nature, enable us to create high-performance aerial and ambulatory microrobots. We use these robots as tools to explore open questions in micromechanics, actuation, fluid mechanics, controls, and microelectronics. In addition, such robotic platforms can be used for search and rescue operations, assisted agriculture, environmental monitoring, and exploration of hazardous environments.

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