A team of British researchers has created an insect-shaped robot that uses an electromechanical motor rather than traditional motors and gears.
Scientists develop insect-shaped robot with flapping wings powered by an electromechanical motor
According to the Emirati statement, this new innovation, developed by a research team at the British University of Bristol and reported in the scientific journal “Science Robotics,” paves the way for the development of smaller, lighter, and more effective robots to participate in search and rescue work, environmental monitoring, and flight in dangerous environments.
The new robot employs a movement system known as “LASA,” which is based on an artificial muscular system that moves the flapping wings without the use of gears or rotating parts, and was inspired by bees and other flying insects.
And the website “Vis.org”, which specializes in technology, quoted researcher Tim Helps, head of the study team, as saying that “by using the new technology, we applied electrostatic forces directly to the wings instead of relying on complex systems for transmission, which led to improved performance and ease of design, and it opened the door wide to a new, cheap, lightweight class of flying robots for use in many important applications in the future.”
The researchers think that autonomous flying robots could help with a lot of important environmental tasks in the future, like pollinating plants or looking for people who have been trapped in buildings that have collapsed.