Meet RoboBee, World's Smallest Flying Robot
Harvard's robotic fly is about the size of a dime
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2013 5:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Guardian calls it the "smallest flying robot in the world," DVice has it as the "world's smallest aerial drone," and USA Today settles for "electronic housefly." By whichever name, the dime-sized device by Harvard scientists is amazing. (They call it "RoboBee," for the record.) It has two tiny wings that flap 120 times per second and mimic the complicated flight of an actual insect. The scientists hope it can be applied to search-and-rescue missions or perhaps even crop pollination, among other things.

"Actually getting stable flight out of something this size is quite amazing," says a mechanical engineer at Penn State, who wasn't involved with the work. He added something else sure to thrill those concerned about privacy: "The applications are endless—you could literally be a fly on the wall."

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May 5, 2013 12:09 PM CDT
cute ! nice to know how big brother will be watching us ! betting that a can of raid or a fly swatter is just as effective on these as they are on real bugs !
May 4, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
Coming soon to a spy near you
May 4, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
i will take ten please thank you!!!