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

Rick

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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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Ranger12

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

Skidmarksdeluxe

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

9Nails

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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)
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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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.
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.
 
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That's alot of trouble to go to when the internet is already full of free gay porn
 

cliffordcooley

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

Ranger12

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[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.
 

Timonius

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

This thread needs some moderation... >.>
 

TS-56336

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Wow.. Very cool..

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

cliffordcooley

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Movie got terrible reviews but I loved it.
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.
 
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VitalyT

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

captaincranky

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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)
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:
 
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