Fly Robofly, the first wireless robotic insect

Insect-sized flying robots, which are essentially microscopic drones (microdrones), move up their mechanical wagons For the first time, a robotic insect flew for a while in the air alone, without being attached to a cable. This is Robofly, who made a small

flight, but a giant leap in robots. Insect- sized flying robots, which are essentially tiny drones (microdrones), move up their mechanical wagons as they are too small to have propellers like large drones. Until now, these robotic insects have been wire-bound to the ground to get energy, as the electronic components that allow them to move were too heavy to allow the insects to stand up alone.

Now, for the first time, Washington University engineers cut off the umbilical cord and added a “brain”, allowing RoboFly to make its first wireless flight. RoboFly – who is the successor of RoboBee who had a “leash” wire – is a bit heavier than a toothpick and moves with the help of a laser beam sent from the ground. It has a tiny electronic “brain” and an equally small photovoltaic, which converts the energy of the laser into electricity so that it can move its wings. In the future, RoboFly will move on its own tiny batteries rather than with the help of the laser beam or will draw energy from radio frequency signals. It will also acquire more sophisticated brain and sensors to navigate autonomously and undertake various tasks.

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