Flying Microrobots for Pollination, Rescue, and Navigating Machinery

Flying Microrobots for Pollination, Rescue, and Navigating Machinery

Flying microrobots are diminutive drones developed by a group of researchers from MIT, Harvard, and the City University of Hong Kong. Image credit: MIT These microrobots are powered by soft actuators made of thin rubber cylinders coated in a carbon nanotube, producing an electrostatic force that squeezes and elongates the rubber cylinder when voltage is being applied. They recently proposed a new fabrication technique by removing air bubbles to produce low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that can improve the actuation of these microrobots. Image credit: MIT A swarm of these robots can have possible applications to pollinate a field of crops,…
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