Robotic insect takes first flight, barely weighs more than grain of rice

By Rick
May 3, 2013
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  1. Researcher toiling away at a Princeton University lab have developed what is said to be the world's most miniscule, guided, flying robot. Weighing just under three thousandths of an ounce, RoboBee with its three-inch wingspan borrows heavily from real flying...

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  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    I was so hoping I could attach a cannon to Robobee :/
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,035   +269

    Too bad there is no sound. It probably buzzes like a fly, too. :)
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    Princeton or Harvard? The videos description suggests it was developed at Harvard and a quick search also returns many articles giving Harvard credit.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    3" wingspan? No camera? Tethered? What the hell good is this thing if you can't fly it around in a ladies changeroom?
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Looks like the power source is external. Insects still have the advantage over machine. There's a way to go before machine can match the insect. Which is quite a testament to life and how well it's designed.
  7. This is a very scary thing. It is super cool right now but the potential for wide-scale mayhem from future generations of this type of miniscule device is very high.
  8. I wanna use this thing to sneak around men's bathhouses! Add a little camera and I'll be getting pictures of men's dongs all day long!

    (By the way, I'm a guy)
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It's a remarkable feat of engineering but I'm afraid by the time we can really replicate real life insects (if we ever can) I'll be long gone.
  10. 3cm not 3inches
  11. kderby42

    kderby42 TS Rookie

    That little cord attached makes this not newsworthy.
  12. That's alot of trouble to go to when the internet is already full of free gay porn
  13. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    Can they not build bigger version petrol powered with a seat
  14. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 258   +28

    Pretty darn amazing, but I wonder how it is affected by Mortein?
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  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This is awesome. Here comes the robot invasion! lol.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'll give you a dong from my 4 foot 4x4. You ever watch the movie, Walking Tall?
  17. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    [quote="cliffordcooley, post: 1302451, member: 275204" I'll give you a dong from my 4 foot 4x4. You ever watch the movie, Walking Tall?[/quote]

    Movie got terrible reviews but I loved it.
  18. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 640   +56

    Was going to make a comment here, but now I'm not sure HOW it will be taken.

    This thread needs some moderation... >.>
  19. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Wow.. Very cool..

    Also may ominously give more meaning to the phrase "a fly on the wall"....
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I loved it too. I have no interest in listening to someones review, when they have nothing better to do than criticize a movie. Seriously what are they comparing the movie to when they cast a vote? Do they want every movie to be viewed as identical art?

    Anyway back to the mechanical fly. Why must everything be contaminated with perversion? Use a little discretion people, some thoughts should not be spoken publicly. With more and more of these comments being allowed on TS, the less I want to be here. I try to be a good sport and join in from time to time, but thats not who I am. I come here to read about tech, not some trashy fantasy someone has about using the tech.
    Ranger12 likes this.
  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    This needs a weightless power supply. I haven't heard of one...
  22. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    there are other ways of creating energy...they may not be cheap though
  23. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Sometimes the price is everything. If it wasn't that expensive to produce anti-matter, we would have rockets based on that in a jiffy and do weekend shopping on Mars :)

    Other than that, I hate insects, nasty little buggers...
  24. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah lol! But yeah, I dont know how economical these little minions are.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    Said "Guest"! Meanwhile, captaincranky blurts out , "sir, I'll neither pick up the soap, nor tie my shoes for your pleasure, as he prudently slides a phone book down the back of his pants....! :eek:
    VitalyT likes this.

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